Last night’s McFlurry-centric episode of 30 Rock whipped up a lot of excellent debate about the ever-increasing influence of advertisers on scripted television programs. And while we strongly believe that the conversation on this subject has only just begun, we now turn the floor over to Tina Fey, who just sent Vulture this statement (by way of an NBC spokesperson):
"It gives me great pleasure to inform you that the references to McDonald's in last night's episode of 30 Rock were in no way product placement. (Nor were they an attempt at product placement that fell through.) We received no money from the McDonald's Corporation. We were actually a little worried they might sue us. That's just the kind of revenue-generating masterminds we are.
Also, the upcoming story line where Liz Lemon starts dating Grimace is just based on a recurring dream I have.
Seriously, though, it's not product placement.
Also, whoever is writing my Twitter account is pretty funny, but it's not me."