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With a pilot and the first two episodes in post-production, Dikkers said, "I think what sets us apart is we've intentionally formed a tightly knit group of funny performers.
A lot of these other shows are created by 50-year-olds, written by) 40-year-olds and performed by 35-year-olds".
Although four fake news segments anchored by Stephen Colbert were recorded, only one of the segments actually aired.
"If you look at the breakdown of people who read The Onion online, it's like Microsoft, Dell Computers, the Department of Justice and then, like, University of Wisconsin.
This account was recently disputed by an editor of The Onion, Cole Bolton, during an event at the University of Chicago.
Bolton called Mills's account "the dumbest explanation" and asserted that it is likely wrong.
"People always ask questions about where the name The Onion came from", said former President Sean Mills in an interview with Wikinews; "and, when I recently asked (co-founder) Tim Keck, who was one of the founders, he told me...literally that his uncle said he should call it The Onion when he saw him and Chris Johnson eating an onion sandwich.
In 2007, the organization began publishing satirical news audio and video online, as the Onion News Network.
In the fall of 1996, Ben Karlin—who had been a writer/editor for the publication since graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 1993—moved to Los Angeles and joined other former Onion staffers to create a pilot for a news parody titled Deadline: Now for the Fox Network.
While the 15-minute pilot—which was completed in 1997—was never picked up as a series for production, its creation lead to steady writing work for Karlin and other former Onion staffers, such as writing some episodes of Space Ghost Coast to Coast on the Cartoon Network.
In the wake of Karlin's departure, long time staff writer Rob Siegel Sometime after The Onion appeared online in 1996, the publication was threatened with a lawsuit from Janet Jackson because of the article "Dying Boy Gets Wish: To Pork Janet Jackson".
"We were very nearly sued out of existence by Janet Jackson", said Siegel, adding that in the past he was forbidden to talk about the legal matter and the celebrity involved.In its earlier years, The Onion was successful in a number of university locations (e.g., University of Wisconsin–Madison and University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign).