Does Seth MacFarlane have feelings?

I’ll give the writers of Zombie Simpsons credit where credit is due: when they want to go out on a formulaic note, they don’t hold back. To say that Sunday’s ending was supremely schmaltzy is an understatement, as Krusty and Penelope lovingly floated away on the Seine under a starry sky to an acoustic version of “Moon River.” As if that weren’t enough, the writers took an additional opportunity to blanket the audience with warm fuzzies in the form of a passive aggressive “fuck you” to the haters (i.e., us.):

Right. Ignoring the self-delusion in the second line, it’s interesting to note that an alternate, almost funny ending was screened to journalists earlier. Whatever you think of the Family Guy/Simpsons rivalry/non-rivalry, you have to admit the snarkier text is worth a chuckle:

I suspect we’ll never know why one version aired over another, but Gawker and the New York Times have half-heartedly speculated the latter was axed to spare Seth MacFarlane’s feelings. Then again, does a wealthy man like Seth even care what others think about him? Highly unlikely.

6 Responses to “Does Seth MacFarlane have feelings?”

  1. 1 Charlie Sweatpants
    12 January 2010 at 9:08 am

    I didn’t think they were gonna do “Moon River”, but then BAM, second encore!

  2. 2 Celia
    12 January 2010 at 12:34 pm

    I thought they changed the ending because that episode was followed immediately by the “special” rather than a MacFarlane thing.

    • 3 Dave
      12 January 2010 at 1:33 pm

      Bingo. Since Sunday’s episode was actually the 451st, one can assume that the jab at MacFarlane would have made sense if the Spurlock Special had aired after the actual 450th episode (“Thursdays with Abie”).

  3. 12 January 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Re: “The best is yet to come.” Well, if the show ends, that’s better than anything it’s done in the last 11 years at least…

  4. 5 P. Piggly Hogswine
    13 January 2010 at 6:35 am

    That first screencap will haunt my dreams for weeks to come.

  5. 6 sVybDy
    17 January 2010 at 2:19 am

    Did anyone else catch the Wednesday re-airing? They changed it again, to something a whole lot more sensible:

    Thanks for 20 wonderful years

    Think of all the important things
    you could’ve done
    instead of watching this show

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