Jeffrey Dean Morgan says his kid ‘played Negan’ with a bat in the henhouse


Jeffrey Dean Morgan was a guest on Howard Stern this week. Honestly I have not watched Walking Dead the last two weeks and I do not miss it. The last episode I saw was when Daryl was being tortured. I heard they had another capsule episode last week, with Tara, that frustrated a lot of fans. I don’t think I’m the only one giving up on it, anecdotally my hairdresser told me he couldn’t stand how Rick was being made subservient and said he was considering stopping too. This is a guy who usually watches it live every Sunday, so I imagine a lot of people are ditching the show.

Anyway on Stern JDM gave the same line about Negan which he always gives – that Rick killed a bunch of his people at night and that Negan only killed two in retribution. He’s totally overlooking the psychological abuse and terror the character inflicts on everyone, including his own people, but we would expect him to tout the same line as producers. He also talked about his six year old son, Augustus, “playing Negan” in the henhouse and the fact that he plays pranks on Andrew Lincoln on set:

He torments Andrew Lincoln on set
“He’s very much in character all the time which I particularly have fun with because, you know, Negan is under Rick’s skin so now Jeff, in turn, is underneath Andy’s skin, hugely. I really pick on him. I think the bigger reaction I can get off camera from him, if I can get him just screaming and swearing then I know I’m doing my job.”

On the footage that leaked of Negan bludgeoning Maggie
“I did kill shots on the entire cast. I think the plan was, they would leak some stuff beforehand just to throw people off because there are people whose sole purpose is to ruin the show, to spoil what’s going to happen on the show.”

On the fan mail he gets
“It’s mostly women who I get really weird fan mail from. Like, they just want to be, I don’t know, gagged and tied up and beat on a little bit.”

On his six year-old son playing Negan
“No [he's not watching it]. He’s seen like commercials. He gets real excited. He’s got his own baseball bat. He dresses exactly like I’m dressed now. He’s got a little Lucille. The other day I lost him and he comes bounding out of the chicken coop and he’s dressed full-Negan with the baseball bat, and he’s been in the chicken coop for like 20 minutes. He’s like ‘I’m playing Negan. I was doing eeny, meeny, miny, moe with the hens’ and knocking them off the hen stands. I’m like ‘How hard were you hitting them?’ I ran down and the hens were all fine.”

[From Howard Stern]

I’ve heard stories of Norman Reedus and Andrew Lincoln pranking each other and Reedus once posted a video where he set off a glitter bomb in Lincoln’s car. It looked brutal. It sounds like JDM is joining in on that. I really want to know though, are any of the actors able to give feedback about the really questionable direction the show is taking or are they expected to follow along or else? It sounds like there’s a bunker mentality on set, you know what I mean?

At least his son didn’t hurt the hens and hasn’t seen the show but I would have a talk to him after that. Also, JDM told a story about a candy store in Rhinebeck, New York which he owns along with Paul Rudd. They bought it to help save it after the owner died and he said it’s like a Rockwell painting in there. It’s called Samuel’s Sweet Shop and he said it’s run by a guy who has worked there since he was 15, that his wife often works there and that he and Paul stop in often.

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  1. KB says:

    What a little sociopath

    • frisbee says:

      Thought the same thing, serious sociophathic tendencies – scary…I’d be looking into that.

    • MI6 says:

      Ditto. Future unabomber.

    • V4Real says:

      That’s really f-ucked up to talk about somebody’s kid like that. He’s six and if you actually listen to the interview it comes off much different. Some people!

      • ell says:

        lol i know, people are blowing it out of proportion. he’s just copying what he heard his daddy did on the telly. he probably doesn’t even know what it means.

      • MI6 says:

        Most six-year-olds don’t go around beating up chickens with a baseball bat. And if they do, they’re usually called Jeffrey Dahmer.
        But whatever.

      • frisbee says:

        actually sociopathic tendencies do manifest themselves very early on. The traits can be tested. The classic Psych test is to measure the bodies autonomic responses when the person is shown an upsetting image. In a sociopath the responses are very different from a non sociopath insofar as they simply do not react emotionally because they lack empathy. If it’s caught early enough it can be treated and there are therapy programmes designed for this. So no it’s not f*cked up, it’s just having a couple of Psychology degrees from Uni and all that stuff means that’s how my mind works.

      • V4Real says:

        @Frisbee read my posts below. That’s all I can say.

      • Jag says:

        I completely agree with you, frisbee. Caught early enough, sociopathic children can be taught to reign in their morbid fantasies, and yes, it is something to be watchful of while parenting. It’s concerning that JDM thinks that it’s “normal” behavior.

      • V4Real says:

        @Jag Did he say he thought it was normal? No, that’s just you and a few other falsely concerned people saying so.

      • PimmsCupInAPimpCup says:

        V4real,
        I like your level headed, non pearl clutching outlook. Your common sense comments really stand out. I sense you venture out into the real world more than some.

        If in the interview, he said the chickens were okay, then they were okay.
        My family still has chickens. (I don’t think this clutch wants to hear how we get them to the fryer.)
        How does this group type with one hand holding a lavender scented lace hanky to their ever offended noses?

    • Matomeda says:

      Yes, KB this is sickening and makes me super angry. I have boys and girls and no ones ever done anything like that. No no no no they’d SOB if someone hurt an animal. And I’d be diligent enough to watch them and not let them.

    • Neo says:

      Maybe the kid is totally normal and was playing pretend. You know, like every kid ever.

    • Flt says:

      Sociopathic child notwithstanding, JDM would Get.It.All.Day.
      Daddy AF.

  2. Sixer says:

    I don’t like that chicken coop story AT ALL.

    Bah. I have an almighty crush on JDM. He mustn’t tell any more dodgy stories like this.

    Also, I will never ever tire of anything zombie-related, so I’m still watching.

    • Lindy79 says:

      That hen story, yikes….

    • Coop says:

      Me too. Don’t like that hen story at all. Kid sounds like a creep

    • Heat says:

      It’s really hard to hate Negan, with JDM playing the part. I’m going to ignore his dodgy stories and continue along in my land of ignorant bliss. :)
      I’m also an apocalypse-lover, so I’ll keep watching. I understand that, at times, plot development episodes are necessary.
      I also do not believe that Rick is really and truly broken by Negan. I think he’s playing a part that everyone around him must believe, so that he can come back and conquer the Saviors.

      • Nancy says:

        He is so nice and tall and lean. I love when Negan sways back when he talks. He has the comic book character down man. Some critics say a little bit of Negan goes a long way, but that’s how he is in the comics. Love him and Norman Reedus. Norman seems to have a very good relationship with JDG off-screen as well, posts a lot of pics with them together.

      • V4Real says:

        I think someone said they were friends before the show. But they do seem to get along really well. So well, that I read that Norman actually brought a house in Dutches County NY, the same county where JDM lives, just a different town.

        I love watching their funny moments on YouTube. Such chemistry. ANd thy both ride motorcycles. Someone said that Andrew must be a bit jealous because JD came along and took Reedus away from him. It was all in good fun though. There are some really funny moments with Andrew and Jeffery as well.

      • Nancy says:

        Yep. I think those three are all buds. Riding bikes together instantly forms a bond. I wouldn’t mind hopping on a Harley with those two. Norman is just living his life and loves people……maybe his life threatening car wreck made him appreciate the air he breaths. I know I’m glad he survived, he’s just my type, don’t tell my husband though, lol……he knows….he likes him too!

    • MC2 says:

      The hen story was creepy but the part that really bothered me was him saying “Like, they just want to be, I don’t know, gagged and tied up and beat on a little bit.” I don’t all out doubt this but I didn’t like it. I don’t like the picture he is painting & how much he loves his character & defends him. I think he’s getting a little too method. Is this what the women ask in their letters or is this his ‘take’ on why they like him & Negan? This interview left me with a bad taste…….my spidey senses are tingling that he might not be all he is cracked up to be.

      • V4Real says:

        That’s actually what the female fans are writing to him. Go on YouTube and you will see a lot of sick responses from women obsessed with his character. Also there is a lot of sick fanfiction about Neagan written by women.

        JD himself said one woman must have a sick mind because of how she just wanted to bang Negan.

      • Jane.fr says:

        Well, he did say that those were the “weird ones”.

  3. HarajukuBarbie says:

    I only know him as Supernatural dad.

    • V4Real says:

      He’s another one of those underrated actors. He was hot as hell in Extant with Halle Berry. Their chemistry was like whoa.

  4. giulia says:

    Love reading he and paul rudd saved the candy shop

  5. Nancy says:

    First I love JDM. I’ve read that viewership is down. People just want the same story season after season of the same characters trying to survive. Sadly for them, they are following the comic book on which the tv show is based and things are different….duh obviously. I’m still a fan and love the show, However, the story about his kid is a bit unsettling, sounds like he saw more than commercials.

  6. HeatherAnn says:

    I stopped watching after the premier. I hated that premier so much- it was so gory and too
    much for me. I knew the season would be more torture and pain for the characters I cared about and I was just like, no thank you. I used to be a faithful watcher. Nothing against JDM but I don’t want to watch a psychopath as a main character. I haven’t missed the show at all- it’s sort of a relief not to watch.

  7. V4Real says:

    I think someone is loving their character a little too much. I was a bit worried there for a minute about the chicken, but that wasn’t so bad. He has talked many times about the candy store he owns in Rhinebeck NY, not too far from me.

    That being said I love JDM, he is all kinds of sexy and that voice…dayum. I saw the Resident a movie he did with Hilary Swank where he stalked her in her apartment.

    As for people still boo hooing about the murders, apparently they know nothing of the comics. Reedus and JDM are also good friends and Reedus just brought a house in Dutchess county as well.

    But what I am dying to know is what happened to the kid that JDM ex girlfriend claimed was his. Did it turn out to be not true

    • HeidiM says:

      JDM continues to say he has “one son” when asked about kids in interviews. And his wiki page mysteriously gets cleaned of the info on Dean Morgan regularly. SO I’m think the kid turned out to not be his son.

  8. Adele Dazeem says:

    I listened to the interview and while I don’t watch that show, JDM was super charming and very entertaining. He sounds like a really down to earth guy and pretty funny too. I don’t like the chicken coop story either but it seemed less…scary in the live interview.

    Crazy trivia note on JDM…he lived in Seattle during the start of the grunge era and he ran around with those guys and sold his paintings at the early Seattle scene shows like Mother Love Bone! (He originally wanted to be a painter rather than an actor.) I know a lot of you weren’t born yet, lol, but that rocks my world. Singles reference. Hah

  9. RussianBlueCat says:

    That story about his son and the chickens is rather disturbing.

  10. k37744 says:

    I’ve always known who he was but never watched any of his shows. His interview on Stern was really charming! He came across as a laid back stoner type. I only watch TWD on Netflix, so I’ve only seen the one episode of his, but he was so, so evil. Man can ACT.

    He rescues alpacas, owns a candy store and loves his family. His delivery was very ‘dude’ and ‘bro’ surfer speak, with charming giggles. Exactly like you think someone from the Seattle grunge scene would sound.

    Do you really think he let his young son watch his show and kill chickens with a bat? Get a grip.

  11. boredblond says:

    Yeah, it’s great that he didn’t kill the hens..probably just internal injuries and broken bones. He seems to think how cute this is..by six a child should be capable of empathy for animals. Makes me glad I don’t watch the show.

    • KB says:

      Most kids are naturally nurturing to animals from a very young age

      • Tough Cookie says:

        OMG….for some reason I first read “nurturing” as “torturing”….I need some more caffeine LOL

    • V4Real says:

      Like he said the chickens were not injured. JDM is an animal lover. He has two rescue dogs. His chickens are not for eating but for laying eggs. His cows are not for slaughter but for milking. Yes, he lives on a farm.

      • KB says:

        It’s not really about whether the chickens were injured, it’s about the kid’s behavior

      • V4Real says:

        Didn’t he say the chickens were fine. Listen to the interview, it comes off much differently than in print. I said that to say that I’m pretty sure he doesn’t want his child harming animals. The kid is 6, jeez. He was just telling a story.

      • Ankhel says:

        2-3 years olds often don’t understand it’s wrong to hit others. That’s normal. 6 is school age, if a child enjoys hitting living creatures at that age, then that’s not good.

      • Josefina says:

        Yeah, and it’s not like this is some random 6 y/o who watched TWD and decided that character was a role model. He’s a little boy pretending to be his dad.

        When I was a little girl I wanted to marry my brother. I imagine you all think I’m some incestuous hillbilly with major unresolved sexual traumas.

      • V4Real says:

        @Josefina Yep because I’m seeing that’s how a lot of people on here think.

        When I was between 5 and 8 I wanted to fly like birds and Superman and would jump out of tress, off porches and off fences with a sheet or towel wrapped around me for wings. I guess people will say that I must be mentally disturbed and need medication.

        By the way my friend’s 8 year old daughter through her cat across the room because she heard that cats always land on their feet. She wasn’t trying to hurt the cat and it wasn’t hurt but she at her age thought that since cats always land on their feet the cat would be ok. Once her mom explained to her that cats do tend to land on their feet but you can hurt them throwing it like that she understood and felt bad. it was not her intention to hurt her cat. This didn’t make her a sociopath. The people in the thread up top are ridicules and making armchair diagnoses.

      • MC2 says:

        I don’t have a pony in this race but my take wasn’t that what the kid did was so bad but the blase attitude JDM has about it is the issue. Maybe he did more in person then on the interview but it’s not a cute story so it bristles people. Could I see my 6-yr-old doing this? Maybe….but then I’d tell him why we don’t hit animals or people and while they might “look okay” that hurting things is not okay. The “they look fine” is used against victims of dv all the time so starting that narrative is not a good look imo. And make believing things vs actually hitting an animal is a line that is not always crossed in childhood- he should talk to his kid about. It might be fine, but it might not, so he should pay attention and not peddle the story as cutesy on public radio.

        I remembered while writing that I was mean to my cat as a kid and my dad hated cats so he thought it was funny. As I got older I felt guilt for what I did and realized the harm I put on my poor cat. I also didn’t like remembering being slightly egged on by how funny it seemed to my father & the role that he played in it. I thought my father should have pulled me aside and taught me that my actions were having a direct influence on my cat, to not be so selfish & that it was not okay or funny. Not shaming but instead I did it a few more times and that was not okay for my cat or me really.

      • MC2 says:

        V4Real & Josefina- I read the conversation and thought both sides had some good points but you guys are now just being rude. You are taking other opinions and saying they must mean crazy stuff that no one brought up except you to try and make other people look off hinged (ps- it has the opposite effect). You are doing what you likely hate when others do to you- stating your opinion & then not listening or having any room for other peoples points of view. When they differ from yours, YOU go to extremes & then call them crazy for it. Whatever.

        Maybe you are just having a bad day??? I’ve had plenty of those myself.

      • V4Real says:

        But did that make you a sociopath because according to people on this site, you are one. And like I said we don’t know if he told his son you’re not supposed to hurt the chickens. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t want his animals hurt that he uses for eggs. If he was using them for slaughter to eat then that may be a red flag with me but people are just being ridiculous. When my friend tells the story about her daughter and the cat she doesn’t always say she told her daughter it’s not ok or right. She just tells the event of the story. And yes the story of me flying is not hurting anyone but myself but it shows that some kids tend to believe they are, are can do certain things until they learn better. At that age I really thought it was possible for me to fly.

        @MC2- I just read your second post on this thread. What is wrong with you? I’m not being rude nor did I call people names. People going around calling a kid they know nothing about a sociopath are being rude but you call me and Josephina out.

        I don’t know, maybe you’re the one who is having a bad day.

      • Josefina says:

        @MC2
        Wait, what? I just pointed out that kids normally do things adults would consider crazy on other adults. I gave myself as an example and applied the same logic people are applying here to my case.

        Idk. Maybe I’m rude. But I think it’s a lot ruder to call a 6 year old kid a sociopath over an event you didn’t witness and you know nothing more than 2 sentences about.

      • KB says:

        Hitting chickens with a baseball bat is not the same as wanting to fly or thinking you’re going to marry your brother or father. I don’t want the kid to have issues, but that’s not just a kid being a kid, in my experience.

        Also, he told the story about what his kid did on Howard Stern. He used the story as a funny anecdote or whatever. That’s why we’re talking about this.

      • Josefina says:

        @KB
        I think if his kid had actually harmed those hens, he wouldn’t be sharing the story so publicly.

      • V4Real says:

        “He used the story as a funny anecdote or whatever. That’s why we’re talking about this.”

        Yes, he did. Like I also said when my friend tells the story about her daughter throwing the cat she doesn’t always add that she told her that was the wrong thing to do and why you shouldn’t do it. She just tells the story. Are you serious?

        When I tell the story of thinking I could fly I also don’t always add the many times that I injured myself in doing so or that my parents said only planes and birds fly and Supermann doesn’t fly for real. I just tell the events of what happened.

    • Matomeda says:

      +1 6 really isnt that little. They know a lot about a lot and are becoming mature. I should know- I have a 6yo and also volunteer at the school daily.

  12. ash says:

    i love walking dead and will continue to…. i feel that the story line is completely possible of what would happen if ish went down in the zombie apocalypse (remember its the sociopaths, psychopaths, megalomaniacs, and deviants that you would have to really fear— the zombies or apocalyptic condition becomes just a way of life.)

    however how carol is acting and even morgan….. like wanting to be isolated and exposed when there’s an apocalyptic situation going on…. that is not even realistic…. no one would do that. Everyone would seek shelter and just hunker down to survive…. also its glaring how maggie watched her husband battered to smithereens yet is cool calm collected and yet carol wants to live in an isolated zombie house…. WHATTTTT

    if they keep strumming that carol and morgan narrative i think im going to be less interested for sure…..

    • ScrewStewrat19 says:

      I could see why Carol wants to be alone. If I was Carol and had gone through everything she has, having to kill people all of the time to protect people I love, I would need a break. I would need a time out to get my mental capacity back.

  13. Pandy says:

    I will continue to watch but it’s getting “gloomy” … it feels like what’s the point it’s all going to be awful from now on. I’m hoping the Negan angle is finished this season and we move on to other stories. It’s too lopsided against our gang to be fun to watch for too long.

  14. Lalu says:

    He is so freaking hot! I can’t help it. When we watch the show, I told my husband, I am so creeped out because he plays such a horrible role… Yet I am so attracted to him. Makes me feel so gross.
    We always watch and aren’t stopping. I have gotten really upset about a couple episodes but that’s just kind of the way the show is. We don’t have cable because we don’t really watch tv… But we download these religiously.

  15. Shane Brown says:

    Jeffrey Dean Morgan is nothing but a piece of sh1t !!! Get rid of him he is causing the show to go down hill quick not to mention that this guy really thinks he is a good actor 💩

  16. royalfern says:

    For those of you worried about the chickens… good luck hitting one with a baseball bat. If you so much as walk in their direction they scatter. He was likely doing the eeney meenie miny moe and the pointing of the bat alone was enough to send them scattering.

    • Myra Davis says:

      I know a lot about animals and was thinking the same thing. I had pet chickens and a couple roosters as a kid…nearly impossible to catch them let alone have them sit still enough to swing at them with a bat. What was shaking for me was to see my father behead them in the back yard and clean their feathers off…and he always swore afterwards that I ate the soup, though I denied it.

      • PimmsCupInAPimpCup says:

        Thank you,
        Chickens are strange, one gets used to eating them after a while, after teaching one’s sister not to name them.

        I think it’s more horrible for a kid to have a chicken land on his head than anything. They scream and run, but the chicken stays on like an old lady’s hat, only alive.

  17. Lipreng says:

    I think this story is really disturbing but I don’t agree with what people are saying about his son being mentally disturbed. I think his son saw scenes with Negan (JDM probably lied) and is acting out what he saw Daddy doing.

  18. elle says:

    This is a scene that turned adults off the show for good… and a six-year-old is inspired by it?

  19. Rufus says:

    Kids sounds like a budding sociopath. They need to get him help before he does something worse. And this family needs to seriously reconsider what they let their kid watch on TV. Just because daddy’s in it doesn’t mean kid should watch it. Know there are still a few fans out there but walking dead is little more than graphic violence strung together by a flimsy, repetitive story. Fine if this floats your boat but not at all appropriate for a kid.

  20. TJ says:

    That hen story!!! I don’t believe all the hens were fine, and I think it’s super scary that a little kid is into bashing animals.

  21. Kri says:

    Just amazed at the sick snuff that is allowed on TV but God forbid there is a gay couple on a cereal commercial. Stopped watching three years ago and I don’t miss it. Same thing with AHS. So disappointed. Talent and great storytelling isn’t enough anymore,I guess.

  22. The Original G says:

    I love JDM. But…..I can’t believe that his kid has a “Negan outfit” complete with bat? Or, that JDM thought this was a funny story?

    The writing on TWD has sucked for ages. Maybe it works for the graphic novel but it hasn’t worked for years on the TV show.

  23. aenflex says:

    If my son ever took a bat to any living thing, outside of self defense, there would be serious consequences.
    This is one small reason why we don’t have cable. Can’t even rely on commercials on cable channels to be all-age appropriate.

  24. Jenny says:

    LOL. I can just picture the scene of a 6 year old boy wearing a black motorcycle jacket, and slapping a plastic baseball bat down into the palm of his hand while walking down the center of a hen house and chickens lined up on each side of him, looking at each chicken and saying aloud ” There are ruuuules!”.

  25. jmr says:

    Really you’re worried about a 6 year old taking a baseball bat (like he has seen his father do , to people not chickens.) What child doesn’t want to be like his dad? If the chickens weren’t hurt why worry. He was just pretending to be dad. My daughter got mad at a rooster, so what did she do grabbed the hatchet and tried to chop off its head. God love her if she could have lifted the hatchet I think we would have rooster stew but no rooster were hurt. She seen her grandpa do it she thought she could too. She didn’t turn into a Lorena Bobbitt, she is a heath 27 yo woman

  26. kate says:

    What a bunch of creepy women who post on here, acting as if they are experts on child psychology and can accurately diagnose a child THEY DO NOT KNOW, based on an interview the father gave. If we are throwing around baseless diagnosis of children here, I am positive some of you are parents of some sketchy children yourselves. How’s that feel? Yeah, it isn’t so fun when your children are picked on by strangers, is it? Freaks!

  27. Sage says:

    JDM lost a lot of weight. I don’t remember looking so thin.

  28. mary s says:

    Celebitchy, next time give a spoiler alert! I’m only on season 5. I’m glad Daryl is still alive since he’s in my top 6 characters, but he’s tied up and being beaten? To death? Am I worried? I’ll have to power up my binge watching mojo.

  29. BBB1975 says:

    I had to tap out after they showed the guy with the tiger, Its getting ridiculous

  30. QQ says:

    El. Oh. El I said to myself “Let me get popcorn and see this comment section turn it to a sh!tshow for no real reason .. Just MomPanic and tuttuttering” … I’m so happy y’all didn’t disappoint *giggles*