Seth Rogen was just minding his business on the set of Saturday Night Live.
He was there to support his friend Bill Hader.
What happened next can only be described as fate coming full circle.
Freaks and Geeks is a great show that an entire generation mourned when it was regrettably canceled after only one season.
Rogen, as one of the stars of the show, felt that he must call this guy out.
New glasses. Giant beard.
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 said, “I overheard someone say the name of the guy who canceled Freaks and Geeks. I know his name, obviously, because we’ve talked about how stupid he is for the last 15 years.”
Seth Rogen said with the moral support of his buddy, Paul Rudd, he walked up to Garth Ancier to confront him. A television programmer since the ’70s, Ancier should have known his stuff but Seth Rogen, and many others, disagree.
What happened when Ancier was confronted? He didn’t try to throw anyone under the bus or point the blame to someone else.
Seth Rogen said, “He oddly tried to justify it. He was like, ‘You know, Judd [Apatow] wouldn’t listen to my notes.’ I was like, ‘The notes probably were stupid’.”
Rogen continued, “He was like, ‘You know, I kept telling Judd, “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’.”
He then said of Ancier, “He went to a private school and was very rich as a child.”
Ancier took the public berating by Seth Rogen fairly well, and even admitted that canceling the show was a huge mistake.
In a Facebook post, he said,
“OK, this is getting pretty funny. Now I’m the rich kid who went to private school so couldn’t understand that public high school kids who are Freaks and/or Geeks never have any victories over the cool kids. Yes, I went to private school (Lawrenceville), but my parents were not rich (very supportive, but not rich), and finally – THIS IS TV! The ultimate realm of wish-fulfillment!”
He then added, “Again, I apologize to the very talented folks who made this series so fun to watch. In my next life I will revive it on cable!”
What do you think? Do you agree with Seth Rogen on this?