100 Hollywood Celebrities Demand NBC Reschedule Trump Town Hall: ‘Don’t Give Trump a Ratings Win’

Hollywood elites including J.J. Abrams, Aaron Sorkin, Ryan Murphy, Julianne Moore, Debra Messing, Seth MacFarlane, Sterling K. Brown, Mariska Hargitay, and Ava DuVernay are pressuring NBC to change the time slot for the Trump town hall, saying that the network is helping the Trump campaign by airing it at the same time as Joe Biden’s town hall on ABC.

In a letter to NBC, more than 100 Hollywood actors, directors, writers, and producers demanded that NBC change the time it is airing the Trump town hall to either before or after ABC’s Biden town hall, which is set for today at 8 p.m.

“By agreeing to air his town hall as counterprogramming opposite Vice President Biden’s town hall on ABC, you are enabling the President’s bad behavior while undercutting the Presidential Debate Commission and doing a disservice to the American public,” the letter states.

NBC has so far refused to change the broadcast time. “If we were to move our town hall with President Trump to a later timeslot we would be violating our commitment to offer both campaigns access to the same audience and the same forum,” NBC Universal chairman Cesar Conde reportedly said in a statement.

The letter states:

We are a group of writers, actors, directors and producers. Many of us have been lucky enough to work for NBCUniversal at some point in our careers. Some of us are currently employed at your studio. We have always thought of NBCUniversal as both a terrific creative home and a brand that stands for the best in entertainment and broadcast journalism.

This is why we have been devastated to learn that you have chosen to air President Trump’s town hall this Thursday night at 8 p.m., directly opposite Vice President Biden’s town hall.

This is not a partisan issue. This is about the political health of our democracy.

President Trump refused to participate in the virtual debate scheduled for Thursday night by the Presidential Debate Commission. By agreeing to air his town hall as counterprogramming opposite Vice President Biden’s town hall on ABC, you are enabling the President’s bad behavior while undercutting the Presidential Debate Commission and doing a disservice to the American public.

We believe this kind of indifference to the norms and rules of our democracy are what have brought our country to this perilous state.

We are simply asking that NBC air the President’s town hall either before or after Vice President Biden’s so that American voters can have the opportunity to watch both.

We understand the necessities of business, especially in this difficult time. But we believe there are larger issues of civic responsibility at stake here.

Other signatories include Chelsea Handler, Damon Lindelof, Adam McKay, Kumail Nanjiani, and Mandy Moore.

Some celebrities including Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jim Carrey and George Takei are taking things even further by telling people not to watch the NBC broadcast.

Eva Longoria, who starred on ABC’s drama Desperate Housewives for its entire 9 season run, pushed the #NBCBlackout #NBCboycott hashtags in Twitter.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who worked for NBC on Seinfeld, used the hashtag #NBCBlackout.

Star Trek star George Takei tweeted, “Don’t watch the Trump Town Hall.”

Actor Jim Carrey told his followers to avoid the Trump town hall and instead tune in to ABC to “watch a decent man deliver a safe way forward for this country.”

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