An almost 30-year-old episode of The Simpsons featuring the voice of Michael Jackson will no longer be shown on any medium, show creators confirm.
Long-running TV show The Simpsons has pretty much become a staple of US culture. Not even just the US, but Western society as a whole. The show debuted all the way back in December 1989 and still runs today. It is currently in its 30th season. A pretty amazing accomplishment, and during that time anyone who's anyone has made a cameo appearance on the show.
Where do we even start? WWE Hall Of Famer Bret Hart, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, actress Anne Hathaway, singer Katy Perry. The list goes on and on. It almost feels as if appearing on The Simpsons is one of those bucket list items for any big celebrity. That when they have lent their voice to the iconic show, they know that they have really made it.
That many celebrity cameos in a show running for so long, there was always going to come a time when one of them became a topic of controversy. That is what is currently happening following the release of HBO documentary, Leaving Neverland. Following the allegations made against Michael Jackson in the documentary, Simpsons' creators collectively decided to pull an episode featuring Jackson from circulation, and confirmed their decision to The Wall Street Journal.
"The guys I work with — where we spend our lives arguing over jokes — were of one mind on this," James L. Brooks explained. The episode in question is "Stark Raving Dad" and was first released all the way back in 1991. Jackson voices a character with the same name as him but technically doesn't voice himself. That character is a large white man who uses Jackson's voice to remain calm who Homer meets in a mental facility.
The irony of all of this is originally, the minds behind The Simpsons kept their work with Jackson a secret. The character is credited as being voiced by someone called John Jay Smith. While fans had their suspicions, it wasn't until last year that Matt Groening revealed it was indeed Jackon who supplied the voice for the episode. One year later, and unless we have an old copy of it, we may never see the episode again.