Over the weekend, Seth Rogen had a chance encounter with the TV executive who canceled the beloved cult classic TV series Freaks and Geeks, while attending a taping of Saturday Night Live in New York City. He first revealed the encounter in a tweet below, before going into more detail in an interview earlier today.
While chatting with The Huffington Post, the actor detailed his encounter with the executive, without mentioning him by name.
"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. And Paul Rudd was there, and I was like, 'This is the guy who cancelled Freaks and Geeks.' And he oddly tried to justify it. He was like, 'You know, Judd [Apatow], Freaks and Geeks executive producer] wouldn't listen to my notes.' I was like, 'The notes probably were stupid.' He oddly dug in and kind of tried to justify it. It was an odd choice. He was like, 'I kept telling Judd, 'Give them a victory, give them a victory.' I was like, that's what the whole show is about. It's high school. You lose all the time, and that's it. He went to a private school, and was very rich as a child."
The executive in question, Garth Ancier, decided to reveal himself as the man who Seth Rogen spoke with, in a statement on his Facebook page.
"Just to clarify, Seth Rogen @Sethrogen...I thought we had a very nice chat about "Freaks & Geeks" on Saturday night. As I said, my only note to Judd Apatow over the entire series was that either the Freaks and/or the Geeks should win the occasional victory over the cooler kids - especially since Judd Apatow has taken that note in every hit movie since. I absolutely hated canceling this particular show. It was clear from the very beginning that F&G had great writing from Judd and Paul Feig, and a tremendous cast. This was an awful decision that has haunted me forever...but the show was consistently NBC's least viewed. For what it is worth, I have watched all of the episodes over and over again on Netflix, and asked myself what I could have done better to save it. G"
Freaks and Geeks was Seth Rogen's first ever acting role, which paved the way for his career and kick-started the careers of his co-stars such as James Franco, Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini, Busy Philipps, John Francis Daley, Samm Levine and Martin Starr. What do you think about this exchange? Chime in with your thoughts below.