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Family Guy writers are continuing to receive negative backlash over the decision to kill off Brian during this past Sunday’s episode.
During ‘Life of Brian’ the character was killed following a collision with a car and was quickly replaced a new dog called Vinny, voiced by former Sopranos actor Tony Sirico.
Family Guy executive producer Steve Callaghan told E! Online that the decision to kill off the popular character made sense once the idea was raised:
“As soon as this idea came up, we started talking about what the next couple episodes could be and we got very excited about the way this change will affect the family dynamics and the characters. It seemed more in the realm of a reality that a dog would get hit by a car, than if one of the kids died. As much as we love Brian, and as much as everyone loves their pets, we felt it would be more traumatic to lose one of the kids, rather than the family pet.”“Our fans are smart enough and have been loyal to our show for long enough, to know that they can trust us.”
Earlier today a website appeared called Brian’s Announcement, which showed a countdown clock due to end in ten days with an announcement from the now-departed character. However a 20th Century Fox representative told TV Line that “The producers have confirmed that the ‘special announcement from Brian’ website is a hoax and was not created by anyone connected to the show, studio or network”. Fans of the show are not giving up on Brian making a return though, with a petition created demanding his return, with the signature count currently standing at over 53,000.
And there appears to be hope for those fans, with speculation growing that Brian’s return may come as soon as the December 15 episode ‘Christmas Day’, with the synopsis stating that Stewie will hatch a plan to get “the one and only thing he wants for Christmas”. Incidentally, Tony Sirico – voice of Brian’s replacement – is due to appear in at least six episodes of the show.