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“Parks & Rec” Co-Creator Says Biden’s Cameo Was Not a “Partisan Decision”

Vice President Joseph Biden will make a cameo appearance on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” next week, but the show’s co-creator Michael Schur denies that it was partisan.

Schur wrote on Twitter, via his handle @KenTremendous, “It’s being reported in some places that we did not air it pre-election because we ‘did not want to offer equal time to Paul Ryan.’ Ryan had not even
been selected when we shot it. We didn’t air it b/c there are complicated (and warranted) election rules governing any exposure for
any candidate during a campaign. That’s why the senators who appeared in the premiere were all either not running or
retiring. It was not in any way a partisan decision.”

Biden makes his cameo filmed at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House, shot in the Vice President’s ceremonial office, which was recently restored. The scenes were shot last July, and Biden appears with stars Amy Poehler and Adam Scott.

The show also shot scenes during the DC visit with Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona). That episode aired in September.

“Meeting Vice President Biden was a thrill for me and for Leslie,” Poehler said in a statement. “He was a good sport and a great improviser. The Vice President maintained his composure while I harassed him and invaded his personal space. The nation of ‘Parks & Rec’ will be forever grateful.”

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