Why Are 'Family Guy' Fans Furious With Creator Seth MacFarlane?

Fans of 'Family Guy' are furious with Seth McFarlane for killing off one of the show's most popular characters.

Fans of 'Family Guy' are furious with Seth McFarlane for killing off one of the show's most popular characters.

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Fans of the longtime hit show Family Guy are seeing red after creator Seth MacFarlane killed off one of the show's most popular characters.

SPOILER ALERT! Don't read any further if you don't want to know what happened.

On the most recent episode of the show, Brian, the Griffins' dog who liked to drink alchohl and write poetry, was hit by a car and died. The episode ended with the family's decision to get a new dog.

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Although the cartoon often plays fast and loose with their characters' storylines, fans have been shocked by the decision to let Brian - one of the most popular characters on the show - die. The new dog, Vinnie, is voiced by Tony Sirico, who played Paulie Walnuts on The Sopranos.

Fans of the show went on Twitter to express their outrage about Brian's death. Some fans have said they won't watch the show anymore, while others have launched petitions begging MacFarlane to bring Brian back.

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However, MacFarlane, who courted controversy as the host of last year's Oscars, thinks that his fans will stick with the show despite the changes. Family Guy executive producer Steve Callaghan defended the decision to kill off Brian: "We always make choices that always work to the greatest benefit of the series," he told E! News about the decision. "Our fans are smart enough and have been loyal to our show for long enough, to know that they can trust us."

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