Former Apple boss says he didn't 'fire' Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, died on Oct. 5, 2011.
Justin Sullivan

Former Apple CEO John Sculley is refuting claims that he fired co-founder Steve Jobs in the 1980s.

Sculley, who was president of Pepsi before joining Apple in 1983, has long been blamed from the demise of the company in the early 1990s and Jobs' famous departure in 1985.

Jobs would later return to Apple in 1997, infusing it with new energy and innovative products like the iPod, iPhone and iPad, ensuring the company's global success.

In an interview with the BBC, Sculley said he and Jobs had a "terrific relationship when things were going well" but the relationship took a hit about two years in:

"When the Macintosh Office was introduced in 1985 and failed, Steve went into a very deep funk. He was depressed, and he and I had a major disagreement where he wanted to cut the price of the Macintosh and I wanted to focus on the Apple II."

Sculley said that disagreement and the subsequent "showdown" between the two eventually led Apple's board to side with him, not Jobs.

The former Apple CEO said he wanted to clear up some misconceptions that have come to light following Jobs' death and the subsequent release of a recent bestselling biography by Walter Isaacson. Sculley admitted he had not read the book.

In 2005, Jobs famously said at a Stanford University commencement speech that getting fired was the best thing that could have ever happened to him. 

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