Microsoft pulls sponsorship of Seth MacFarlane's 'Almost Live Comedy Show'

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Sethmacfarlane Evil Empire Microsoft has decided to pull its sponsorship of Seth MacFarlane's variety special on Fox, Variety reports. Surprisingly, it's because Microsoft is worried about the taste of the show and not how Windows 7 will be represented -- but after Vista, how much worse can it get?

Family Guy Presents: Seth and Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show, which was slated to air on Nov. 8 without commercials, was going to be sponsored exclusively by the software company. But when execs attended the Oct. 16 taping of the special, featuring Seth and steadfast Lois voicer Alex Borstein, they decided jokes about deaf people, the Holocaust, feminine hygiene and incest were a bit much, Variety says. Did those folks never watch the show?

"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," a Microsoft spokeswoman said. "We continue to have a good partnership with Fox, Seth MacFarlane and Alex Borstein and are working with them in other areas."

The network says another sponsor will be found, but you'll be hard-pressed to find another company with deep pockets that desperate for a cachet of cool (although thinking of MacFarlane and Co. as cool anymore is a dubious prospect).Plus, they'll have to re-edit all of those Windows 7 pitches Seth and Alex made to the audience.

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