'This Is Us' Star Milo Ventimiglia Forgives Crock-Pot After Stunning Revelation
By Philiana Ng
Crock-Pot, you are off the hook... for now.
This Is Us star Milo Ventimiglia issued a defense of slow-cookers everywhere in a new video posted to the show's official Instagram page on Saturday, more than a week after it was revealed that a Crock-Pot with a faulty switch caused the fire in the Pearson home and Jack's death.
What begins as an innocent message to viewers about coming together and uniting to enjoy the Super Bowl episode turns into a cheeky wink to the uproar over the Crock-Pot revelation.
"The Big Game is fast approaching. For many of us this day brings an opportunity to gather with friends and family, loved ones we don't get to see that often. But in 2018, gathering with friends and family is not as easy as it used to be. The country is divided and sometimes it can make it tough to find common ground," Ventimiglia says, as he takes a sip of lemon-infused water at craft services.
"But this year, I think we should all take a deep breath, find the ability to forgive and remind ourselves there is no difference so great that we can't overcome it," the 40-year-old ends his message, before taking some chili from a Crock-Pot -- a sign that we should all forgive slow-cookers, even ones with bad switches gifted from elderly neighbors named George.
The video doesn't end there. An end card with the Crock-Pot logo and hashtag, "#CrockPotIsInnocent," flashes onscreen. Easier said than done.
After the Jan. 23 episode of This Is Us aired, Crock-Pot responded to fans decrying their own slow-cookers and created the aforementioned hashtag to try and quell people's worries over safety concerns.
"We’re heartbroken over last night’s episode, too!" the company replied to a fan on its Facebook page, "We’re innocent until proven guilty. Since the 1970s we have been providing families with quality and safe products, ask your parents if you don’t believe us."
This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman also took to Twitter to defend the slow-cookers and "remind" everyone that what they saw was fictional.
"Taking a moment to remind everyone that it was a 20 year old fictional crockpot with an already funky switch? Let's not just lump all those lovely hardworking crockpots together," he wrote.
This Is Us will air its special Super Bowl episode on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 10:15 p.m. ET/7:15 PT (tentative) on NBC. The cast will also appear on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon live from Minneapolis, Minnesota, at 11:50 p.m. ET/8:50 p.m. PT (tentative).