Seth Rogen is certainly no wallflower, so he didn’t hold back when he met the television executive who made the call to cancel his breakout role on “Freaks and Geeks” for the first time backstage at “Saturday Night Live” last weekend.
Rogen appeared alongside wife, Lauren Miller, on HuffPost Live on Tuesday with host Marc Lamont Hill to promote his upcoming event “Hilarity to Charity,” taking place this Friday in L.A. to raise continued awareness about Alzheimer’s.
When Hill asked the “Knocked Up” star about his tweet on Monday regarding confronting the man responsible for giving the axe to the highly-lauded Paul Feig created and Judd Apatow produced comedy, he explained how things went down.
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.
“I was at ‘Saturday Night Live’ watching backstage, because Bill Hader is hilarious and I wanted to go watch it with my wife. And I overheard someone say the name of the guy who canceled ‘Freaks and Geeks,’” he began. “I know his name obviously because we’ve talked about how stupid he was for the last 15 years … And he oddly tried to justify it. He was like, ‘You know, Judd [Apatow] wouldn’t listen to my notes.’ I was like, ‘Your notes probably were stupid!’”
Asked by Hill if he got “one of those fake Hollywood apologies?” 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,” the comedian added as an explanation.
“Freaks and Geeks” ran for one season on NBC from 1999-2000 and is considered by TV fans to be high on the list of shows that were cancelled too soon and has since acquired a cult following.
The show launched the acting careers of a number of future funny stars, including Rogen (as “Freak” Ken Miller), James Franco, Linda Cardellini, Jason Segel, and Busy Philipps.
Watch video of the full interview from HuffPostLive below.