Over the weekend Seth Rogen confronted, for the first time, the man responsible for canceling Freaks & Geeks. Paul Rudd was there too, and would it have killed Paul Rudd to get his phone out and film this moment that America would have loved to witness? Rogen tweeted about the encounter the following day:
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.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) October 12, 2014
He also went into further detail on HuffPo Live, explaining in his perfect Seth Rogen voice:
"I was at Saturday Night Live, watching... just backstage, and I overheard someone say the name of the guy who canceled Freaks & Geeks, and I know his name obviously because we've talked about how stupid he is for the last fifteen years. As soon as I heard it I was like, 'Oh my god it's you.' And Paul Rudd was there. I was like, 'This is the guy who canceled Freaks & Geeks!'
He oddly tried to justify it. He was like, 'Ya know, Judd wouldn't listen to my notes.' The notes probably were stupid. He oddly dug in and kind of tried to justify it. An odd choice. He was like, 'Ya know I kept telling Judd, 'Give them a victory,' and I was like, 'The whole show is about how in high school you lose all the time.' Anyway, he went to private school and was very rich as a child. I know that as a fact."
While Rogen doesn't name The Enemy, it's Garth Ancier. Series creator Paul Feig had told the A.V. Club in 2012, "The dynamic with the network was very interesting. Everyone under the head of NBC—Garth Ancier was running it at the time—really loved the show. They were so supportive, but they also knew he was getting very upset with the show, because as I said, it has no victories. So it was a real weird thing, where you could always tell when a note was coming more out of fear that it was not going where the boss wanted to go, and this was a story playing into that. But also, they were supportive of what we wanted to do."
Slate called out Ancier in 2004, confirming Rogen's allegations that he was a Rich Kid: "When NBC did appoint a programming director—the preppy Garth Ancier, who would go down in infamy among the show's fans, and go on to run the WB—word filtered down to producer Judd Apatow that the executive was bewildered by Freaks and Geeks' worm's-eye view of life at a blue-collar public school. For Ancier, it seems, television served not to reflect reality, or intensify it, but to offer ways in which we might escape it."
Here's Rogen talking about it this week. The only thing this encounter was missing was Rogen's co-star on the show and in life, James Franco.