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South Park’s Trey Parker Begged The Network Not To Air This Fan-Favorite Episode

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Although it is a fan favorite and one of the 30 best “South Park” episodes, Trey Parker admitted in an interview with SBS2 Australia that he originally hated “Make Love, Not Warcraft” (Season 10, Episode 8) so much that he begged the network to cancel the episode’s airing in 2006. At the time, Parker felt he was no longer able to write the show’s controversial brand of satire, so he called the network the night before the episode was scheduled to air, asking them to cancel it. Parker said, “I was like, please, I was begging Anne [Garefino, co-executive producer of the show], ‘Do not let this go on the air, because I don’t want the ‘South Park’ legacy to be ruined, and this show is going to ruin it because it’s so bad and I’m just going to feel terrible.'” Parker admitted that he often worries about the success of new episodes the night before they air, but that his stress level before “Make Love, Not Warcraft” was particularly bad. 

Fortunately, the network executives denied Parker’s request to cancel the “Make Love, Not Warcraft” episode, and it aired the following day as planned. The episode went on to become a fan favorite, and was well-received by critics, (via SBS2 Australia). It went on to win an Emmy for outstanding animated program. It just goes to show, sometimes the fans are the best judges of an artist’s work.

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