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‘Family Guy’ Fans not in the know should not continue reading. The Griffins’ pet dog, Brian, was recently removed from the show. The beloved character was killed off in “Life of Brian” which aired last Sunday, 24 November. The relatable talking dog got struck by a car and died of injuries he sustained in the accident, to top it off, the Griffins adopted a new pet before the episode ended. In the three days since Brian’s death, “Family Guy”  fans launched an online petition to “Bring Brian Griffin back to Family Guy.”

Petition organizer Aaron Thompson of Tuscaloosa wrote:

Brian Griffin was an important part of our viewing experince. He added a witty and sophisticated element to the show. Family Guy and Fox Broadcasting will lose viewers if Brian Griffin is not brought back to the show. Follow us here for updates. https://www.facebook.com/pages/RIP-Brian-Griffin-from-Family-Guy/503495446349375. The writers of family guy didn’t just kill off one of their creations, they killed off the dog who has lived in our homes for the last 15 years. They killed the dog we all have come to love. They killed America’s dog!”

RIP Brian

RIP Brian

At the time of this article, 94 827 people have petitioned to bring back one of the most popular Sitcom cartoon characters in TV history. The show’s Executive producer Steve Callaghan explained to E! Online why they made the decision to remove Brian:

“We thought it could be a fun way to shake things up.”

“Our fans are smart enough and have been loyal to our show for long enough to know that they can trust us. We always make choices that always work to the greatest benefit of the series.”

This might be a very clever way to boost show ratings with an elaborate scheme to bring back Brian from the dead. Saying that fans have been loyal to the show long enough makes no sense if it is the character driven stories that keep us watching in the first place. It’s as devastating as saying it’s ok to kill Homer Simpson. What do you think, is it possible that Callaghan and company made the biggest mistake of their careers?