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February 07, 2018 1:04 pm

Milo Ventimiglia is here to assure all of us that Crock-Pots are not the villain of the story. Despite This Is Us seemingly making the case for throwing out any and all Crock-Pots after Jack died from a heart attack after inhaling too much smoke while saving his family and his daughter’s dog from a fire caused by a Crock-Pot, Milo literally cannot stop defending the specific brand. His latest stop on his Crock-Pot apology tour was an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where he repeatedly corrects Ellen three times that it wasn’t specifically a Crock-Pot that led to Jack’s death. It was a “slow cooker.”

"I own a Crock-Pot. I love Crock-Pot," Milo says. "I think there was a lot of misdirected hate at a Crock-Pot as opposed to a faulty slow cooker from the past."

He even keeps his campaign for a new hashtag going strong: “#CrockPotIsInnocent.”

Listen, there are a lot of things to blame for Jack’s death on This Is Us, and one of them is definitely the slow cooker gifted to the Pearsons by their elderly neighbors (along with the flammable curtains, and dish towel, and Kate’s dog). But Milo’s continued support for Crock-Pot is truly something to behold.

"The good news is, it didn't slowly cook Jack," he tells Ellen. "It was cardiac arrest from smoke inhalation."

Okay, okay, we get it, my dude. There’s really no need to rub it in. We’ve already watched that heartbreaking scene more times than is healthy ever since the infamous post-Super Bowl episode aired this Sunday. But Milo’s interview with Ellen also gives some interesting behind-the-scenes intel on what it was like to film the big fire scene (with actual fire!) and how he had to keep the secret of how Jack dies for about a year and a half. Now those are some good secret keeping skills!

“But a good reminder: check your batteries, ladies and gentleman, in your smoke detectors,” he makes sure to add, like the perfect TV dad he is. “Unplug your devices, maybe.” The Venn Diagram of Milo and Jack seems to be just one giant circle, and that’s why we love him so much.

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