Simpsons

Back in 1991, pop star Michael Jackson lent his voice (uncredited) to the season three premiere of The SimpsonsThe episode, titled “Stark Raving Dad,” has become a fan favorite, but it will no longer be part of the show’s official rotation.

The show’s producers decided to pull the episode in light of Finding Neverland, the HBO documentary covering Jackson’s allegations of sexual assault.

The Wall Street Journal broke the news Thursday with statements from The Simpsons Executive Producer James L. Brooks. According to Brooks, the episode will be removed from syndication, future reissues of The Simpsons DVD sets, and FXX’s “Simpsons World” on-demand service.

Some Simpsons fans have taken to social media to share their disapproval of the popular episode’s ban.

https://twitter.com/__erkal/status/1104013652082872322

Despite the potential for backlash, the producers are confident in their decision to remove the episode.

“This was a treasured episode,” Brooks tells the WSJ. “There are a lot of great memories we have wrapped up in that one, and this certainly doesn’t allow them to remain. … I’m against book burning of any kind. But this is our book, and we’re allowed to take out a chapter.”

Photo: Fox

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Madeleine Buckley

Madeleine Buckley

Madeleine Buckley was a Senior Editor at The Pop Insider, The Toy Insider, and The Toy Book. She covered all things toys and fandom, and has appeared on Cheddar and a variety of regional news networks to talk about the latest trends in both. She is a movie score enthusiast, mediocre knitter, proud Syracuse alumna, and Marvel lover. You can usually find her at the movies or hanging out at home with her super-pup, Parker.

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