Steve Levitan Will ‘Take Some Time’ to Decide Future With Fox

‘Modern Family’ co-creator previously said he would leave 20th Century Fox after show ends

Last Updated: June 19, 2018 @ 2:08 PM

Steve Levitan, co-creator and executive producer of “Modern Family,” is mulling over his future at 20th Century Fox TV after previously saying he would leave the studio at the conclusion of the ABC sitcom.

Levitan, through his agent Jay Sures at UTA, put out the following statement:

“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 two decades. For now, I will take some time to see where those people land, and that point, make a decision about my future.”

Earlier on Tuesday, Levitan, in a series of tweets wrote that he would set up elsewhere after “Modern Family” concluded its run.

“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,” Levtian tweeted on Tuesday.

“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, before concluding in a subsequent tweet: “I look forward to seeing through to the end and then, sale or no sale, setting up shop elsewhere.”

Levitan is referring to the pending sale of a big chunk of 21st Century Fox’s assets — including the TV studio — to Disney or now, possibly, Comcast, who came in last week with a $65 billion all-cash bid to compete with the Mouse House’s $52.4 billion stock deal made last December.

Earlier in the morning, the producer tweeted he was “disgusted” to be working for the 21st Century Fox corporation, which also owns Fox News.

“I’m disgusted to work at a company that has anything whatsoever to do with @FoxNews,” Levitan tweeted on Monday night, responding to Laura Ingraham’s tone-deaf “summer camps” remark about President Trump’s child detention centers. “This bulls– is the opposite of what #ModernFamily stands for.”

His sentiments echo “Family Guy” and “The Orville” creator Seth MacFarlane’s, who tweeted days ago that he was “embarrassed” to work for Fox. MacFarlane was commenting on a tweet from CNN’s Brian Stelter, who noted that Fox News Channel personality Tucker Carlson told viewers on his show to not trust rival networks.

“If you’re looking to understand what’s actually happening in this country, always assume the opposite of whatever they’re telling you on the big news stations,” Carlson told his viewers last week.

A person with knowledge of production tells TheWrap it has yet to be determined if the upcoming 10th season of the ABC sitcom will be its last.

20th Century Fox declined TheWrap‘s request for comment on Levitan’s remarks, or the terms of his deal.

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