James Woods Turned Down an Appearance on This Show Because It Was Too ‘Bitter’

Though the actor had been on the popular program many times before, he found that a new script was not to his liking

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“Family Guy” has managed in the past to earn praise from right-leaning thinkers even though it’s a show that often takes shots at conservatives.

Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh has appeared in the show multiple times, including in an episode in which he converted the liberal character Brian (voiced by series creator Seth MacFarlane) into a hard-core Republican.

Outspoken conservative James Woods has also appeared on the show a handful of times — and become a favorite character of the show’s fans.

The adult cartoon series, which is entering an amazing 17th season, seems to be getting a bit more divisive and ugly in its politics these days.

It was already announced that one episode would focus on the presidency of Donald Trump, and now Trump supporter James Woods has revealed that he turned down a script recently because he found it to be too “bitter and political.”

“It is fun. Sadly the last script I was offered was so bitter and political, I graciously chose not to do it. I like spoofing myself and am always a good sport about it, but it does have to be funny. I don’t think that’s asking too much. But I still love my pals at [‘Family Guy’],” Woods tweeted at a fan who praised his appearances on the program.

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Though Woods handled himself with class when he revealed he had turned down a new appearance on “Family Guy,” his revelation speaks to a larger division in the culture between those on the Right and those on the Left.

That Woods would turn down an appearance on the show after guest-starring on the show eight times in the past speaks volumes about how political and divisive the show may be becoming.

Liberals and conservatives, especially artists, can get along with each other and work and create new material together. Poking fun at each other’s views is fine and constructive as long as there is some underlying respect.

We have unfortunately reached a place in time that people are pushing themselves further and further into their corners of the ring and are losing all respect for one another.

Poking fun at each other’s views is fine and constructive as long as there is some underlying respect.

The appearance of a conservative like Woods on a left-leaning comedy show like “Family Guy” could have been a positive thing for a divided culture.

Perhaps Woods and Seth MacFarlane could sit down and have a real conversation about their positions.

Maybe they could work together once more and show people that there is a way forward for people who disagree in these very trying times for this country.

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