**Please note that this post features spoilers for the TV show “Family Guy.” Fans who did not see the November 24 episode should read with caution.
Perhaps the smartest member of the Griffin household met his bitter end last night when it was revealed that “Family Guy’s” beloved consigliere/family pet Brian the dog had died. And while Brian (who is voiced by series creator Seth MacFarlane) certainly led a full life in the more than 11 years that the Fox show has aired — a decent lifespan for a canine — fans were not happy about the news.
As is now standard, people took to social media and online petitions to voice their outrage of the situation — including a Change.org petition that reached over 1500 signatures in a matter of hours.
Fox hasn’t commented on the decision. MacFarlane did what he does best and made a joke of the backlash, saying through his publicist “this is the first time I’ve ever gotten positive feedback from Tina Fey.”
“Family Guy” executive producer Steve Callaghan told E! Online that the idea originated in the writers room and they “thought it could be a fun way to shake things up.”
“It seemed more in the realm of reality that a dog would get hit by a car, than if one of the kids died,” Callaghan said. “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.”