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Zombie king George Romero passed on 'The Walking Dead'

"The Walking Dead" may receive monster ratings,  but “Dawn of the Dead” director George Romero isn't among the viewers.

“I love the books,” Romero told io9, but he admits he hasn’t seen the AMC series. “I've been waiting to see the whole first season, which I missed because I've been traveling.”

As the creator of the zombie genre, Romero was asked to participate on the show, but he opted to pass.

“Producers called and said, ‘do you want to direct some of these,’ and I said no,” Romero reveals. “Because I just didn't think it was me.” He notes, “my zombies are sort of my own.”

He's also a little busy. Romero, 71, is working on a screenplay for “The Zombie Autopsies.”

"The Godfather of all Zombies" is surprised by all the zombie-themed fare these days. “This whole zombie revolution, it's unbelievable,” he says of the current pop culture phenomena. “They're popular enough that I half expect a zombie to show up on 'Sesame Street' and hang out with The Count. Vampires became The Count on 'Sesame Street,' a zombie might be the next guy.” Why not?