What Rush Limbaugh Said After Meeting ‘Family Guy”s Seth MacFarlane

Family Guy is one of many animated TV shows that supports liberal causes and Rush Limbaugh was a noted conservative. Despite this, Limbaugh appeared on Family Guy and worked with Seth MacFarlane, the creator of the show who plays multiple roles on it. Here’s what Limbaugh thought of MacFarlane.

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The ‘Family Guy’ episode starring Rush Limbaugh

Like many of its animated peers, Family Guy has featured a whole host of guest stars, from Amanda Bynes, Patrick Stewart, and Carrie Fisher. Limbaugh appeared on the episode “Excellence in Broadcasting.” The episode depicted Limbaugh’s writings convincing Brian Griffin to become a conservative Republican after many years of being a liberal Democrat.

Afterward, Brian and Limbaugh imagine living in a conservative community where people worship President Ronald Reagan. “Excellence in Broadcasting” lampoons famous Republicans like President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Senator John McCain. While Brian is a conservative for a short amount of time, he realizes he is a liberal at heart by the end of the episode. Limbaugh and MacFarlane have very different political beliefs, which raises an interesting question –what did Limbaugh think of MacFarlane?

Rush Limbaugh receiving a medal

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According to RealClearPolitics, Limbaugh said he spent time in the recording studio with MacFarlane. “The man is profoundly, supremely talented,” Limbaugh opined. “Now, there are a lot of characterizations about how he uses it and what direction he takes it, but there’s no denying his talent, and he’s a profoundly hard worker. I sent him an attaboy note yesterday morning. I sent him a wish-you-well kind of note. He wrote back and said, ‘You know what? I kind of understand how you conservatives feel about the media now.’”

MacFarlane was upset at the media because of the negative media reaction to the news he would host the Academy Awards. “Because they were already proclaiming him the worst host ever before the show had even aired,” Limbaugh said. “I mean, 12 hours before the show. MacFarlane… Here’s the way to understand this. In one of the press conferences before this thing happened, MacFarlane is telling the media… I’ll have to paraphrase this, but his line was, ‘Hi, I’m Seth MacFarlane, and I’m hosting the Oscars — and if you don’t understand what that means, go ask your kids,’ meaning, ‘I own the young demographic.’”

The Family Guy theme

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What Seth MacFarlane thought of Rush Limbaugh

So what did MacFarlane think of Limbaugh? According to The Wrap, he revealed he met Limbaugh when he made a short cameo in the Star Wars parody “Blue Harvest.” MacFarlane was surprised by how genial Limbaugh was. In addition he revealed why Limbaugh appeared on Family Guy: because it was the last thing one would expect him to do.

Despite MacFarlane’s warm feelings toward Limbaugh, he would later portray him in a negative light. In the Family Guy episode “It’s a Trap!,” Chris Griffin kills a giant version of Limbaugh in a parody of the Rancor scene from Return of the Jedi.