'The Walking Dead' controversy: Creator Robert Kirkman fires back

robert-kirkman-kurt-sutter-the-walking-dead.jpg Robert Kirkman, creator of "The Walking Dead" comic-book series and executive producer of AMC's TV adaptation, is breaking his silence about the controversy rocking the zombie hit series.

On Dec. 21, when AMC and Glen Mazzara announced the showrunner's shocking departure, Kirkman released his own cookie-cutter statement expressing his "full support" of the decision. But until today, he has not responded to the outcry led by vocal critics such as Shawn Ryan and Kurt Sutter.

After the "Sons of Anarchy" creator followed up his profanity-fueled blog attack today with another condemnation on Twitter today (Dec. 24), Kirkman fired back.

"@sutterink is brilliant and Sons is my favorite show on TV. Still, it's upsetting to see him ranting about things he knows nothing about," wrote Kirkman, less than an hour after Sutter's following Christmas Eve slam:

"AMC sent me a gift basket filled with sour tastes, forbidden fruit, broken promises and the marinated tongue used to lick kirkman's a**," said Sutter, whose biker drama airs on the FX network.

Kirkman took the edge off, however, with a tongue-in-cheek (ahem) follow-up:

"Except that marinated tongue thing ... That thing is awesome. Merry Christmas!
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