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“There was one producer, I won’t say (who), but she is the personification of what people think about when they think negatively about Jews,” said Cross, who stars alongside Jason Lee in the Fox animated kids movie, during Monday’s edition of the TBS late-night show, causing host Conan O’Brien to visibly wince.
On Thursday, Cross took to his Facebook page to issue an apology to Chipwrecked producers Janice Karman and Ross Bagdasarian Jr., son of the Alvin and the Chipmunks creator, for unfairly dragging them into his rant.
“To any and all who are aware of my Conan appearance in which I disparaged a particular producer on the movie ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks – Chipwrecked,’ I would like to clarify the following; the producer in question was NOT Janice Karman, the wife of Ross Bagdasarian (the son of Dave Bagdasarian, the creator of Alvin and the Chipmunks) as some have speculated,” the actor said in a post. (In an earlier version, Cross misspelled the producers’ names; the story has also been corrected to include the proper spelling of Bagdasarian’s name throughout.)
“Janice and Ross were never anything but warm, giving, and gracious to me,” he continued. “From the first day I walked on the set for the first movie to wrapping the third. During the shooting of Chipwrecked they went out of their way daily to make sure that (as my negative treatment was well known to everyone involved) I was happy and they understood and appreciated my situation. Even, along with the director and the A.D’s , going so far as pleading my case with said particular producer. I have the utmost respect and appreciation for everyone else involved with the movie especially Ross and Janice who’s [sic] enthusiasm, energy and spirit I deeply admire and appreciate. I am truly sorry if this caused them any grief or upset. They’re really, really nice and I can’t imagine them ever behaving that way to anybody.”
Cross, who was raised Jewish, called filming the third installment of the Chipmunks franchise the “most miserable experience I ever had in my professional life.” He complained of being “forced at legal gunpoint” to spend a week on a Carnival cruise to shoot scenes dressed in a pelican costume.
“There was no reason for me to be there,” said Cross, on Conan to promote his IFC series The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, urging people not to see the Mike Mitchell-directed movie.
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