The final moments of the latest episode of This Is Us found the Pearson’s crock-pot shorting out and sparking, causing their house to catch on fire. The scene sent fans into an emotional tailspin because not only does the fire completely engulf the Pearson home and all of the memories they’ve made in it, but Jack’s death is also a direct result of this fire. Well, Team Crock-Pot wants you to know that that is a load of…crock!
I woke up with puffy eyes and a fear of crockpots … thanks, #ThisIsUs
— Emily Spillar (@emspillar) January 24, 2018
One day, in the future, you’ll tell your children about these things called “crockpots” and how they went extinct one a night in January 2018. #ThisIsUs
— Dannyelle (@starlet412) January 24, 2018
— Mrs. Nancy L (@nlynnwizardry) January 24, 2018
— Olivia Caridi (@OliviaCaridi) January 24, 2018
Even I poked a little bit of fun at the reveal…
Well, crockpots are officially canceled for 2018 and the rest of time. Apologies in advance to my future family, but my heart can’t completely shatter every time you want some buffalo chicken dip. @NBCThisisUs #thisisus
— Casey Perriccio (@thecasefiles753) January 24, 2018
Now, while these tweets are all in Twitter jest and many are not the slightest bit serious about actually throwing out their favorite Super Bowl appliance, Crock-Pot wants you and everyone else to know that their Crock-Pot is totally safe in your home!
“Crock-Pot understands the concerns brought up by last night’s episode of This Is Us, and we too are heartbroken by the latest development in Jack’s storyline. However, it is important that our consumers understand and have confidence that all Crock-Pot slow cookers exceed all internal testing protocols and all applicable industry safety standards and regulations as verified by independent third-party testing labs. For nearly 50 years, with over 100 million Crock-Pots sold, we have never received any consumer complaints similar to the fictional events portrayed in last night’s episode. In fact, the safety and design of our product renders this type of event nearly impossible.
“In addition, and most relevant to the concerns consumers are having after watching the recent This Is Us episode, our Crock-Pot slow cookers are low current, low wattage (typically no more than 200 or 300 watts) appliances with self-regulating, heating elements. The product is designed to cook foods over a longer period of time at low temperatures and the switches connect to only 1 side of the power line voltage, so there is never a high voltage applied directly across our switches. The switches within our slow cookers are subjected to additional internal testing, which includes a Rotary Knob Endurance test, Rotary Knob Force Test and Flame Burning Test and constructed of self-extinguishing, flame resistant material.
“Our hope is that the team at NBC’s This Is Us will help us spread factual information regarding our product’s safety. While we know their primary mission is to entertain — something they have continued to excel in — we also feel they have a responsibility to inform. Just like many fans, we will be watching next week’s episode to see how Jack’s story progresses and, regardless of the outcome, we want consumers first and foremost to know they are safe when using their Crock-Pot.”
Creator Dan Fogelman had actually already taken to Twitter to address the emotional fans, reminding them that Jack and Rebecca received the Crock-Pot when she was pregnant with The Big Three, making it nearly 20-years-old. Not to mention it had a faulty switch.
Taking a moment to remind everyone that it was a 20 year old fictional crockpot with an already funky switch? Let’s not just lump all those lovely hardworking crockpots together. #ThisIsUs
— Dan Fogelman (@Dan_Fogelman) January 24, 2018
So, just in case you were one of the people giving your Crock-Pot a suspicious glare, there you have it! You are free to make all of the chilis, dips, and soups you want for next weekend’s Super Bowl. And don’t forget that the next episode of This Is Us will be airing after the Super Bowl so be sure to set your DVRs to run late!