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Busy Philipps’ 11-Year-Old Wrote an Amazingly Scathing Letter to E! Network

Fans and friends of Busy Philipps’ late-night show, Busy Tonight, were sad to learn it was canceled after just one season back in May. Given that she was one of two women in late-night, and that the show had only been given six months, it felt especially unfair to see it gone so soon. As it turns out, no one agreed with that sentiment more than Birdie, Philipps’ 11-year-old daughter. In a series of Instagram posts she’s dubbed “Almostgrams,” Philipps has been looking back at her 2019 via images that didn’t get posted at the time they were taken.

In a series of images she dubbed the “Busy Tonight was cancelled round!” she remembers what it was like to find out the show was canceled via her agent out of the blue.

“I did what anyone would do. I sat in the lobby of the hotel in Dallas and ordered three tequilas and called Marc, Caissie, Eric, Tina, Caissie again and I cried,” she wrote about her reaction. But she also shared a few things that brought her hope, like seeing a new moon and an encouraging text from her husband, Marc Silverstein. The best encouragement, however, was undoubtedly a letter she discovered from Birdie addressed to E!

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Final round of #almostgrams 2019! The Busy Tonight was cancelled round!! On APRIL 5, 2019! I flew to Dallas to shoot commercials over the weekend for Michael’s. When my plane took off, the song that came on shuffle was my favorite Deerhunter song He Would Have Laughed. I felt like it was a good sign. When I landed, my manager texted me to call her. Which I did. And she told me E! would not renew my show after the order was finished in a month. It was effectively cancelled. I was blindsided, especially since the last text I had from the head of E(who’s now gone🤷‍♀️) was about marketing for busy tonight that he was excited to tell me about. Anyway. I did what anyone would do. I sat in the lobby of the hotel in Dallas and ordered three tequilas and called Marc, Caissie, Eric, Tina, Caissie again and I cried. I waited for a call or email from someone at E, which never came so I sent a text to the head of the network that truly makes me lol to this day(slide 3). Then I took some selfies(first 2 pics), got a text from Marc reminding me about the Deerhunter song(slide 4), made a music video in my hotel room to it(which I posted to my stories at the time), then I went and got a tattoo on my ankle; the illustration from my book from the chapter where I got super fucked over by some dudes in this business(slide 5), THEN before I went to bed, I saw it was a new moon and what that moon meant(slide6). And. Anyway. It all started to become clear and I knew things were going to be better than fine. Right before the show was finished, I found a letter my daughter wrote to E! and I feel like as this year is almost over, the decade is closing, it's the right time to post the letter(slides 7,8,9🤣). And all the rest of it from April 5. Because here's the thing. The moon was right, the song WAS a good sign, my girl knows something about her mom- I work hard AF and love to prove people wrong and finally, the men will always try to fuck you over so fuck em and figure out something else. Which is exactly what Caissie and I have been doing. And next year; in 2020 we will finally be able to share it. 😍 So Happy New Year everyone!!Goodnight you guys! I love you SO much!!!

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It’s definitely worth scrolling through her post to see the screed in all its glory, but Birdie starts out strong with, “You are the worst TV network. EVER.” Her reasons: They made her mom, as well as others who work on the show, lose their jobs. But perhaps most convincingly, “You suck.” Proving to be her mom’s biggest cheerleader and fan, she adds, “You didn’t diserve [sic] her.”

As to where the future of Philipps’ career and show lies? Birdie ends it in big letters: “She will shove it up your ass. Sincrly [sic], Birdie.” If there’s ever been a reason to let kids get away with cursing, we’d say this is it: passionately defending her family and what she knows is right.

In another #Almostgram, Philipps talked more about her kids and her decision to put them on social media. “I always ask them for permission to post pics and I always show them the caption as well,” she writes. “I love them more than anything in the world and all I ever want is for them to know that and feel as though they’re a part of every part of my life because they are.”

In other words, that also means Birdie probably knows her letter to E! saw the light of day, which means it’s even more awesome. Here’s to more kids not being afraid to have their voices heard in 2020.


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