Stewart, host of Comedy Central's popular news-oriented program "The Daily Show" had a beef with MacFarlane, and this conflict was explored on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" in an interview with "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane
on Wednesday night.
According to MacFarlane, Stewart took issue with MacFarlane's inside joke on a "Family Guy" episode that referenced Stewart's decision to restart production of "The Daily Show" before the writer's strike ended in 2008.
The conflict between MacFarlane and Stewart was originally mentioned in an interview
MacFarlane gave to Time in 2008.
But MacFarlane's comments on CNN appeared to be the first time the incident was detailed publicly.
"My publicist has forbidden me to talk about that," MacFarlane said, responding to Morgan's prying question on the telephone call from Stewart.
"I was really in shock more than anything else," MacFarlane explained. "It was kind of an odd Hollywood moment. I was a huge fan of his show, and here I was getting this phone call, this really angry, angry phone call."
MacFarlane maintains that Stewart, as a successful celebrity, should have expressed solidarity with the writer's union.
"In that situation, I think it is incumbent upon people in a certain position to stand up for the people who haven't made it yet if they can and if it's low risk," MacFarlane said. "My argument is that you are like the most successful guy on that network and arguably the most popular, successful television personality in the genre."
Morgan pressed MacFarlane to sharpen his position against Stewart's decision to override the writer's strike.
"I do think he was wrong not to shut his show down," MacFarlane said. "Look, it's a free country. You can call whoever you want and scream at them."