Michael J. Fox went on Ellen to talk about Parkinson’s disease, as well as his new sitcom on NBC, dishing on the fact that he believes NBC is “crazy” for brokering a deal that guarantees the show an entire season.
Fox told Ellen about how the network beat off stiff competition in order to secure the show, emerging triumphant from the bidding war last month, reports The Daily Mail. The Back to the Future actor told Ellen DeGeneres that:
“They’re crazy. It’s a big leap of faith.”
The 51-year-old actor spoke about his inspiration to lead his own sitcom as well, saying that he did so after his stints on The Good Wife and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He added that:
“I always say live in the moment, enjoy the day, make the most of what you have. And I thought, ‘well if I put one day after another where its like that, why not just do what I love to do and work.’”
Michael J. Fox’s character will be a busy husband and father of three in the Big Apple, juggling things like his family, career, health, and other challenges.
The Examiner notes that Fox has also spent the last 20 years suffering from Parkinson’s, and spoke with Ellen on how much money the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease has raised so far. Fox boasted that the foundation has already raised, “Close to three hundred million dollars,” with the majority of the money going toward research on a cure for the disease.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show was more than willing to help the actor with his foundation but auctioning a beautiful red guitar on eBay, which will be signed by the entertainers that stop by the daytime talk show. Fox and DeGeneres were the first to sign the guitar, through many others will follow.