Seth Rogen starred in the short-lived, teen-comedy series Freaks and Geeks more than 14 years ago.
The small role was actually the breakout role in his career, but after one season the show was cancelled. Apparently, the famed Knocked Up actor still feels some kind of way about the show’s unfortunate cancellation.
So, when he got the opportunity to meet the executive who ultimately made the decision to ax the show, he had no reservations about expressing his disdain.
On Tuesday, Oct. 14, he discussed the verbal sparring match with Marc Lamont Hill during his interview on HuffPost Live.
“I was at Saturday Night Live, just backstage because Bill Hader is hilarious and I wanted to go watch it with my wife,” Rogen explained.
“I overheard someone say the name of the guy who cancelled Freaks and Geeks. I know his name obviously because we’ve talked about how stupid he is for the last 15 years,” he continued.
“As soon as I heard it, I was like, ‘Oh my god, man, it’s you!’ Paul Rudd was there — I was like, ‘This is the guy who cancelled Freaks and Geeks!’ And he was like, ‘You’re the guy! Wow, that’s crazy. What’s that feel like?'”
Last night I was in a room with the dude who cancelled Freaks and Geeks. And yes, I did totally call him out on it.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) October 12, 2014
Rogen revealed he attempted “to justify” the executive order.”He oddly tried to justify it,” Rogen said. “He was like, ‘You know, Judd [Apatow] wouldn’t listen to my notes.’ I was like, ‘The notes probably were stupid.’ He oddly dug in and kinda tried to justify it… an odd choice.”
Hill asked if he was offered “one of those fake Hollywood apologies” for the show’s cancellation.
Rogen replied, ““No. He was like, ‘You know, I kept telling Judd [Apatow], give them a victory, give them a victory,’ And I was like, ‘The whole show was about how in high school you always lose all the time and that’s it!’ He went to a private school and was very rich as a child,” he explained.