When the next round of commercials is filmed, John Hodgman will still be the PC guy, but there will be someone else to his left (or will that get changed around?) Or maybe, Hodgeman will play both the Mac and the PC, since Apple hardware can play in both worlds. Wouldn’t that be a hoot!
It’s unclear who initiated Long’s departure; according to his publicity rep, he’s too busy being a movie star to bother with commercials. But let’s be honest; what did more to boost Long’s career, the Apple ads or his roles in Dodgeball, Jeepers Creepers, or Galaxy Quest? With all the Mac haters who bristle at Long’s portrayal of the Mac, it could very well be Apple who is cutting him loose. The world may never know.
As for me, I just don’t get why people were so bothered by Long’s portrayal of the Mac. I could go into a long drawn out psychoanalysis of the hatred for the character, but I won’t. I’ll leave that to you and your shrink.