Judd Apatow Accepts Second-Ever PaleyFest Icon Award

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All eyes were on Judd Apatow on Monday evening as he received the second-ever PaleyFest Icon Award at PaleyFest 2014’s kick-off event.

The celebration was hosted by Pat Mitchell, president & CEO of The Paley Center for Media, at the Center’s Beverly Hills location.

The award is given to those with unparalleled achievements in television; the only other honoree has ever been Glee and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy.

Apatow has had a plethora of influential TV works, including The Larry Sanders Show, The Ben Stiller Show, Undeclared, Freaks and Geeks and Girls.
After walking the red carpet with wife Leslie Mann and daughter Iris, Apatow was introduced by Roseanne Barr, whom she once hired to write her jokes for an HBO comedy special.
During his onstage panel, the director, producer and writer discussed his lengthy career, attributing his success to his 1999-2000 comedic NBC show Freaks and Geeks, which co-starred such now-big names as James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel. “Everything I’ve done in a way is revenge for the people who canceled Freaks and Geeks. It’s like, ‘You were wrong about that person and that writer and that director,’” he said, adding, “I guess I should get over that.”
With the success of Lena Dunham’s Girls and movies such as The 40 Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Pineapple Express, Get Him to the Greek, Bridesmaids and This Is 40, we think he can safely (and successfully) let it go.

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