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Ellen DeGeneres‘ good-natured ribbing at Apple wasn’t met with laughs in Cupertino. Obviously, Steve Jobs’ team lodged a complaint with Warner Bros. or whoever, and helped turn the story into an even bigger one, by having Ellen apologize on her show!
(Above: The spoof ad that ran; Below: Ellen’s apology)
A friend to corporations looking to reach her legions of fans (see: CoverGirl, American Express), Ellen is no dummy to keeping relationships greased with the powers that be. That, or she didn’t realize that the free iPads sent her and Portia’s way actually do come with strings attached.
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