As the world continues to mourn the loss of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, fans of The Simpsons are preparing to bid farewell to the show that has been on the air for more than two decades.
The cultural connection between The Simpsons and Jobs occurred three seasons ago, in animation form.
In an episode named Mypods and Boomsticks, which aired on Nov. 30, 2008, Bart introduces a new Muslim friend named Bashir. The underlying story is Lisa's fascination with her new MyPod and her eventual encounter with Steve Mobbs, a parody character based on Jobs.
When Lisa tells Mobbs she cannot afford to pay for all the music she downloaded, she agrees to work for his company, appropriately called Mapple, only to find out her job is to hand out pamphlets while blurting out the phrase, Think Differently.
The Simpsons is facing a possible termination after 23 seasons on the air. Earlier this week, Fox demanded that the voice cast take a 45 percent pay cut, decreasing their earnings from $440,000 per episode to $250,000 per episode. The cast is expected to make a decision before the start of the weekend.
On Friday afternoon, actor Harry Shearer, who provides the voice to characters including Mr. Burns and Ned Flanders, was the first to speak out on the contract dispute.
If pay cuts are what it will take to keep the show on the air, then cut my pay . . . all I would ask in return is that I be allowed a small share of the eventual profits, Shearer said in an official statement.
Jobs, 56, passed away on Wednesday evening Palo Alto, Calif., following a long battle with cancer. An authorized biography of the entrepreneur is scheduled to come out Oct. 24.
Scroll down to watch clips from Mypods and Boomsticks, courtesy of Hulu.