03/12/2014 01:17 pm ET Updated Mar 12, 2014

Judd Apatow's Entire Career Is 'Revenge' For 'Freaks And Geeks'

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Judd Apatow doesn't just produce movies for the laughs. He's actually determined to prove some old NBC execs wrong.

Apatow, executive producer of the short-lived cult TV show, "Freaks and Geeks," recently admitted that he's still bitter about the show's cancellation after just one season in 2000. He told Entertainment Weekly in a Q&A:

“Even to this day, I think I didn’t want to admit that ‘Freaks and Geeks’ was cancelled. Everything I’ve done, in a way, is revenge for the people who cancelled ‘Freaks and Geeks.’ It’s really demented, but it’s just like ‘you were wrong about that person, and that person and that person. And that writer and that director.’ And I really should get over that."

By "this person and that person," Apatow is probably referring to Seth Rogen, Jason Segel and James Franco, all of whom got their start on "Freaks and Geeks" and later starred in many of Apatow's films. "Pineapple Express," "Knocked Up," "This Is 40," and "The Five Year Engagement," are a few examples of the comedies Apatow produced featuring "Freaks and Geeks" alumni.

Even though Apatow says he wants to "get over" his vengeful ways, we're pretty glad he's still seeking vindication. After all, his spite has brought us some hilarious movies.



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