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Jason Ritter Jokes His First Job In Hollywood Was A “Full-on Nepotism Hire,” Thanks To His Dad John Ritter

Jason Ritter gets candid about being a favoritism baby.

As he appeared on Thursday’s episode of SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Showthe Parenting actor credits his first acting job as a child, voicing the little jerk in the cartoon The real story of O Christmas Treeto his father, the late John Ritter.

“I will say without hesitation that this was like a full-on favoritism. I admit it,” he joked. “He [John] definitely got me the job. Later on I tried to stay away from that.”

The 8 simple rules star, who died of an aortic dissection in 2003 at age 54, voiced Piney, Little Acorn’s uncle in the cartoon.

Jason Ritter and John Ritter

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Jason said that when he grew up, he later found a recording of the video and watched it again. “I went, ‘Oh, they must have sped up my voice to make it that high'” The story the actor recalled with a laugh. “Both my mom and dad were like, ‘No, it [his voice] was quite high.’”

The You are not you actor, who went on to have a successful career in the industry, explained that it was “always a special experience” to see his father on set, recalling his first visit to one of John’s sets when he was about 8 years old used to be.

He continued: “I remember the first time I went, I don’t even know what he was shooting, but it was a night shoot… So the idea of ​​staying up all night was so exciting and so crazy for me.”

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