Creator Seth MacFarlane tweeted, "I mean, you didn't really think we'd kill off Brian, did you? Jesus, we'd have to be (effing) high… Oh and hey… thanks for caring so much about the canine Griffin. He is overcome with gratitude."
After the shocking death, Exec. Producer Steve Callaghan told E!, "We thought it could be a fun way to shake things up, “ but fans were outraged and #BringBrianBack began trending immediately.
MacFarlane added this poignant tweet:
And thus endeth our warm, fuzzy holiday lesson: Never take those you love for granted, for they can be gone in a flash.— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) December 16, 2013