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RUSH: Now, people are asking me, people here on the staff, in the e-mail, ‘Hey, Rush, hey, Rush, how was it at the Family Guy taping yesterday?’ My friends, if I may say so, I nailed it. We had allotted three hours and 45 minutes to tape the segment, and I am the featured star. The premise of the program is the family dog, Brian, gets tired of being a liberal, he stumbles across a book of mine that I’ve written when I’m in town signing a book, and he becomes this big conservative and he actually becomes a groupie, following me around, moves in with me, tries to take over my radio show. And it is hilarious. I met a lot of people over there, this is funny. Now, The Family Guy, as everybody knows, is staffed pretty much by liberals. So I walk in and the first guy that comes up to me whispers, ‘Hey, I’m your biggest fan here. I’m the only one. I’m a conservative and I’m really glad to see you, it’s a thrill to meet you.’ I said, ‘Thank you,’ shook his hand and so forth. And Seth MacFarlane, the creator and the voice of four of the characters, comes out, we had a great conversation. I’ve talked to him on the phone before, never met him in person, had a great time, took some pictures.

They had to take some pictures for the animators for me. And so I said, ‘Okay, sure.’ And they’re all, ‘Boy, why, we can’t refer to you as fat anymore in this episode.’ I said, ‘I know.’ So I posed for some pictures, I just stood straight, it wasn’t professional, just had a point-and-shoot pocket camera and they took a couple straight on. Then they said, ‘Would you mind turning so we can get some from the side?’ ‘Oh, you want a side shot?’ Gladly turned to the side, and then I said, ‘Hey, why don’t you take a picture of my butt?’ so I bent over and grabbed the ankles and said, ‘Take a picture of my butt.’ (laughing) You never know what the animators are going to do, so they did that. This was attracting a crowd and everybody starts laughing. We go into the sound booth, wrap it up in an hour and forty-five instead of three forty-five. Now, I do sing a song in this episode, but it was a song to which the melody I’d never heard, so we didn’t get the song finished yesterday. I’m going to be coming back in September to put the wrap on that.

On the way out another guy comes up, ‘I’m the only conservative in the building and I just wanted to say hi, and I wanted to see you before you left.’ And I said, ‘No, no, no, no, there’s another. There are actually two of you.’ ‘There are?’ I didn’t tell him who, I didn’t identify him, his secret is safe with me, but I said there’s another guy in here that came up and he said he’s conservative, too. So another guy. We’re walking through this Family Guy office complex, the set, it was huge. There are two lobbies. And on the way out I said, ‘Seth, how many people work on this show?’ He said 500. Five hundred people. You heard it, Brian, you were there, five hundred people. I believe it. I don’t know how many do what, but 500 people for this show. Now, one thing I didn’t know until yesterday, I thought this episode was going to start out this season, it would be the premiere episode this season. It’s not. It’s the premiere episode in September of 2010. It takes them a year to animate every episode. They’ve got teams of people doing the animation, and it’s extensive and it’s very hard work.

And I said, ‘Seth, where did you get your start, how did you get the idea for this?’ He worked at Hanna-Barbera when Hanna-Barbera said, ‘You know what, we want to get back into the prime-time animated cartoon business rather than just doing things for Saturday mornings and other things. And he had an idea for this Family Guy thing, he pitched it to Fox, and they liked it. So it was great fun. It was — (interruption) a question has just been asked. Will the character capture my new svelteness. That is the theory behind taking the pictures. But they can animate me however they wish. I hope they animate me with the current iteration of my lithe and very slinky body and look. I feel confident that they will otherwise they wouldn’t have taken the pictures and so forth. But it was all a lot of fun.

A lot of you people been e-mailing me, ‘How dare you? Why would you capitulate, why would you go on a show that makes so much fun of conservatives? Why would you do this?’ ‘Cause it’s a cartoon show and because they asked me and I had script approval, and some of the things in this script are — I had to do four or five takes on one line ’cause I kept cracking up in the middle of it. No, I can’t tell you what it is. I’m not going to let the cat out of the bag, but the character, Brian, the dog, that becomes a Rush groupie, I’m doing my radio show, like now, I’m sitting at the microphone, and I’m talking about Pelosi, and I said, ‘What can we do to stop the Pelosi agenda?’ And Brian says, ‘You’re going soft!’ I said, ‘What are talking about going soft?’ ‘I know what to do to stop Pelosi! You know, the problem is you just tell everybody she’s on crack.’ And I said, ‘Brian, look, I know she’s on crack, but you can’t just say it that way, it’s not going to persuade anybody. And then he says, ‘I got a better idea to shut her up,’ and that’s what I can’t tell you, you’ll just have to wait and hear it. But it was funny and I had a great time doing it. I want to thank Seth MacFarlane and his people for giving me the invitation and opportunity to appear on it and throwing such a great time yesterday.

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