The show made some (hilarious) jokes at the tech giant's expense, but what did the company and its CEO think?

December 05, 2008 at 05:00 AM EST

After watching the Nov. 30 episode of The Simpsons, we can say this: Jobs well done. As in, the Fox comedy sure roasted Apple and its CEO, Steve Jobs. The irreverent parody of the computer giant (in which Lisa runs up a huge bill from Apple — excuse us, Mapple — by downloading too many songs to her iPod — ahem, myPod) tweaks the company’s culture of cool and even offers up a few Jobs jabs (”How dare us question the boss we fired 10 years ago and then brought back?” says one employee). Funnier still, there were multiple Apple ads during commercial breaks. Does Apple have a self-effacing sense of humor, or was it just coincidence? Looks like the latter: The company didn’t know about the satire, and Simpsons exec producer Al Jean wasn’t aware of the commercials’ placement beforehand. ”The show has a tradition of biting the hand that feeds us, and sometimes it goes up to the elbow,” says Jean, an admitted ”Apple enthusiast.” Let’s hope the main Mac man enjoyed the parody, as a deal was recently cut to bring the current season of Simpsons episodes to iTunes, starting Dec. 22. Cracks Jean: ”If he wants to give me an upgrade on my laptop in exchange for no more future mockings, so be it.”

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