"Modern Family" co-creator Steve Levitan announces, then walks back intention to leave Fox over immigration news coverage
ABC Image Group/LA(LOS ANGELES) — After announcing his intention to leave Fox over its news division’s support of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, Modern Family co-creator Steve Levitan has revised his position.
“I have great respect and admiration for Dana Walden, Gary Newman, Peter Rice, and everyone at 20th Century Fox Studios who have all treated me so well for almost 2 decades,” Levitan said in a statement provided by his agent, UTA’s Jay Sures, obtained by Variety. “For now, I will take some time to see where those people land, and at that point, make a decision about my future.”
Earlier, Levitan had tweeted, “Fox Studio has been a wonderful home for most of my career – so many amazing people there who share the concerns about @FoxNews but aren’t in the position to speak out.
“I have no problem with fact-based conservatism (such as WSJ), but @FoxNew’s 23-hour-a-day support of the NRA, conspiracy theories and Trump’s lies gets harder to swallow every day as I drive onto that lot to make a show about inclusion,” he continued.
Levitan concluded the series of tweets by writing, “I look forward to seeing #ModernFamily through to the end and then, sale or no sale, setting up shop elsewhere.”
Levitan’s overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television is set to expire in 2019.
The studio’s future is currently up in the air, as the Walt Disney Company and Comcast compete to acquire the bulk of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment businesses. Fox News is not included in the sale.
Disney is the parent company of ABC News.
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