While Johnston has not publicly confirmed his attendance nor has he been arrested, numerous colleagues have identified him as a participant in the riot. Cassandra Church, who worked with Johnston on Harmontown, wrote on Twitter, “I’m no detective, but I do know Jay. He said he was there. And that’s him in the picture. So…” Another Harmontown colleague, Spencer Crittenden, stated in a now-deleted tweet that Johnston is “also a craven Trump supporter and was there at the time.” Tim & Eric’s Tim Heidecker also “fully confirmed through reliable sources” that Johnston was present at the riot.
Johnston has not appeared in the current season 12 of Bob’s Burgers. His other voice acting credits in animated series include Rick and Morty, Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole, and Moral Orel, the latter of which he also directed and produced. His onscreen credits include Better Call Saul, Arrested Development, The Sarah Silverman Program, and Mr. Show with Bob and David.
Bob’s Burgers is co-produced, aired by, and animated by subsidiaries of Fox Corporation, which also owns Fox News Channel, a primary source of right-wing disinformation.
Fox Corporation has continued to produce fabricated claims and conspiracy theories about the riots, including a recent three-part film called Patriot Purge that suggests January 6 was a “false flag” operation by the U.S. government to hurt conservatives. Two right-wing Fox News contributors, Stephen Hayes and Jonah Goldberg, quit the network in the fallout from that series. Goldberg told NPR that Fox News “traffics in all manner of innuendo and conspiracy theories that I think legitimately could lead to violence.”
Fox Corporation declined to comment to The Daily Beast about Johnston’s ban, responding, “Thanks for reaching out, FOX has no comment.”
The Walt Disney Company, which owns Bob’s Burgers, also refused to comment on the matter, telling The Daily Beast, “We will not be providing a comment.”