Around minute 04:00 of "The Talented Mr. Stewie" (Family Guy, Season 19, Episode 2) there is a brief cutaway to the 70th Emmy Awards. Why is the face of the host (Will Ferrell) pixelated?

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Here is the 4-seconds clip from Family Guy: https://streamable.com/opp0aj

and here is the original clip from the 70th Emmy Awards:

  • Hard to tell from a still frame, but is it actually censored with CGI, or just a blurry shot? If it was an issue of not getting permission to use people's likenesses, I'd expect everyone to be censored in similar fashion.
    – Steve-O
    Oct 26, 2020 at 13:58
  • I only know that the person censored is Will Ferrell During the 70th Emmy Awards where The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series
    – A.bakker
    Oct 26, 2020 at 14:12
  • @Steve-O in the original video he is clearly visible so they did pixilate it for Family Guy
    – A.bakker
    Oct 26, 2020 at 14:13
  • @Steve-O It is actually censored. Not a blurry frame. Oct 26, 2020 at 15:02
  • Perhaps mouthed something obscene and it's easier to blur his whole face rather than just his mouth.
    – Longshanks
    Oct 26, 2020 at 16:14

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Making the presenter faceless draws more attention to the people winning the award, which is in line with what Stewie was saying. Having an instantly recognizable Will Ferrell up there would have drawn attention to Will and people would be wondering why they weren't getting the joke.

  • Sorry, I was staring at Alex Borstein. What was the joke, now? Oct 28, 2020 at 14:34
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    Yeah, I think too that they blurred Ferrell's face because he was distracting from the joke. But I guess that's something they decided in post-production. Because it would had been much better just cutting the Emmy Awards clip differently, so that Ferrell was already giving the back to the audience. Blurred face is distracting too. Oct 29, 2020 at 14:27

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