8:17pm PT by THR staff
'$#*! My Dad Says' Creator, Father React to Show's Cancellation
Justin Halpern, whose Twitter feed and book were the basis for the CBS comedy $#*! My Dad Says, is taking the news about the show's cancellation in stride.
"It was a bummer until I remembered that I got a TV show based off a Twitter feed and a book and was basically the luckiest asshole who ever roamed this earth," he blogged.
But he also decided to share the news with his father. According to Halpern, here's the transcript of what happened when he called his dad:
"Hey. What do you need. I'm busy," he said.
"Do you have a second?" I said.
"Is this Justin?" he said.
"Yeah. Who'd you think it was?"
"Didn't know. Just picked up the phone."
"You didn't know who it was and you answered the phone with 'Hey. What do you need? I'm busy?" I asked.
"Lets people know not to f--- around with my time," he said.
"My show got canceled," I said.
There was a moment of silence on the other end of the line and I wasn't sure if he heard me. I was about to say it again, when he spoke.
"Well. F---. Sorry to hear that, son."
"Eh, it's OK. It happens. It was crazy I got a show on the air in the first place."
"Well, I liked it. It was kind of s--tty at first, but I thought it got a lot better. You know what show I like? Cheers. That was a good show," he said.
"That was a good show," I said, wondering if that was part of a larger point he was about to make.
"Also I liked The Simpsons. At first I thought, it's just a stupid cartoon for pants-s--tters, but I was wrong, great show." (Pants-s--tters is how my dad refers to toddlers.)
"Well, I just wanted to let you know. I know you're busy so I'll let you go," I said.
"I'm 75. If you're busy when you're 75, you f---ed up the first 75 years. I want you to know that I'm proud of you. You didn't put a bullet through Bin Laden but I'm proud of you. You're a bust-ass kid."
"Thanks," I said.
"And let's not forget the big picture here. You don't have to live with me anymore. One less person crawling up your a-- every morning. That's all anyone can f---ing ask for."