Microsoft drops support for Family Guy Windows 7 special

As you may remember, Microsoft recently announced that a Windows 7 branded episode of Family Guy would be airing in the U.S. on November 8. In a surprise twist, Microsoft has now dropped support for the episode, meaning that it'll still be shown, but with a different sponsor.

In a public statement, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed, "we initially chose to participate in the Seth and Alex variety show based on the audience composition and creative humor of Family Guy, but after reviewing an early version of the variety show, it became clear that the content was not a fit with the Windows brand. According to Variety, Microsoft's marketing deal, including the Family Guy section, remains, despite it not being a part of the "Almost Live Comedy Show."

Strangely, however, when the deal was first announced, Gayle Troberman (a Microsoft consumer engagement & advertising general manager) stated that the way Windows 7 would be treated in the show wasn't a concern to the company. Variety noted that in the special Seth MacFarlane and Alex Borstein carried on with the usual "Family Guy" jokes, which included "riffs on deaf people, the Holocaust, feminine hygiene and incest," which lead to the dropping of sponsorship.

The Family Guy special will still be run on the evening of November 8, as we mentioned, along with the other shows on Fox, though it will have another sponsor who is yet to be named. There are no rumors yet of who that sponsor might be, but surely it'll be announced soon, as November 8 isn't far away.

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I'm a bit confused. So the episode will still air and still be about Windows 7, but it won't be sponsored by Microsoft? Is that right?

What were they thinking anyway? Everybody knows Family Guy makes baby Jesus cry.

If I understand correctly, the show has nothing to do with Windows 7. It was just that Microsoft bought up all the ad time for the show.

I could be wrong though.

The win7 stuff will be in theres till, it's basically a case of some of the OTHER family guy jokes that could and probably DO make people mad or come off as being insensitive or something? I haven't seen it, but do you want to be part of some ep that could make fun of something that could then have a backlash on you for being a sponsor?

IN the end Win7 is still in I think, we'll know when the ep airs on TV though.

winrez said,
I wonder how many different groups threatened to boycott Windows 7 if Microsoft went ahead with this.

None? Why would they go that extreme?

Speaking of Family Guy, why none this week? No Simpsons or America Dad either, not even Big Bang Theory. What is going on, this week sucks.

I didn't like American Dad at all when it first started, but it really has gotten a lot better. Personally I think it's much better than Family Guy now.

Family Guy used to be funny until they beat their material to death by treading the same ground over and over and over and over and over... South Park knows how to keep it fresh while also moving on to other shock topics. They too have beat a dead horse but know when to move on to another horse. :-P

lol, last time it was "That's cool!", now it's "Well, FG sucks anyway". Hahaha.

I hope it'll still be aired despite Microsoft's shaky legs. They can't have researched that series very well.

It would be fun to see Apple get in there, it will be even better to see the Windows fanboy comments the day after!!

p.s Im a niether a Mac fanboy or a Windows fanboy, its getting a tad boring reading comments from both Apple and Windows bashers, its starting to sound like a school playground. at the end of the day who gives a crap? it's a matter of choice.

I don't believe that Microsoft pulled support because the jokes were poking fun at them... It sounds to me like they pulled support because they were more concerned about the controversial content in the episode (Which in fairness is consistent with the show...). LOL

Seth MacFarlane and Alex Borstein carried on with the usual "Family Guy" jokes, which included "riffs on deaf people, the Holocaust, feminine hygiene and incest"

Yeah... what else was Microsoft expecting from Family Guy???

I thought this was an odd fit when it was first announced... Family Guy can be funny, but with it's trend of making fun of so many people, it's kind of risky for a company to endorse that show, let alone as part of a marketing campaign...

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