At Thursday night’s San Diego Comic-Con panel for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Andy Samberg and his fellow cast members celebrated their show’s pickup at NBC by addressing a question everyone’s had on their mind since: How do they feel about the switch from Fox to NBC?
Samberg addressed a fan’s question about Fox’s cancellation in the most typical Samberg way: with a joke, followed by a moment of sincerity.
“They’re not afraid to say the true stuff, so in that regard it was hard for us,” Samberg said, joking about Fox News’ relationship to truth. “We couldn’t deal with the truth.”
But Samberg did get serious, proclaiming they loved working with everyone at Fox whom they had come in contact with. That said, Samberg did suggest it was a good time for the show to change networks.
“All I know about it is there are different factions of Fox,” Samberg said, as reported by IndieWire. “The people we dealt with there really loved and supported our show. I don’t know what they’d say publicly about the Fox News wing. I think it was a good moment for us to switch.”
Samberg’s comments echo a couple of high-profile actors, writers, directors and showrunners who have worked with Fox and spoke out against the news network. Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy), Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, 40 Year Old Virgin) and Steve Levitan (Modern Family) have also condemned the network’s news division for its reporting in recent months.
“In other words, don’t think critically, don’t consult multiple news sources, and in general, don’t use your brain,” MacFarlane tweeted in June. “Just blindly obey Fox News. This is fringe shit, and it’s business like this that makes me embarrassed to work for this company.”
Samberg didn’t go in quite has hard, but this does mark the first time he’s spoken about Fox, Fox News and the show’s move to NBC since the network picked up the show in May.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine will return in 2019.