‘The Simpsons’ Michael Jackson episode being pulled from circulation
The once classic 1991 episode of The Simpsons featuring Michael Jackson is being pulled from broadcast, the Wall Street Journal reports. Executive producer James L. Brooks said he, along with series creator Matt Groening and showrunner Al Jean, made the decision after watching Finding Neverland, the documentary about sexual abuse allegations made against Jackson by Wade Robson and James Safechuck that aired on HBO earlier this week.
"It feels clearly the only choice to make," Brooks said. “The guys I work with—where we spend our lives arguing over jokes—were of one mind on this." "I’m against book burning of any kind," he continued. "But this is our book, and we’re allowed to take out a chapter."
In the episode, "Stark Raving Dad," Homer is institutionalized and meets a man claiming to be Michael Jackson, Leon Kompowsky, who is voiced by Jackson himself. (Though at the time Jackson's involvement was never officially acknowledged.) "This was a treasured episode," Brooks said. "There are a lot of great memories we have wrapped up in that one, and this certainly doesn’t allow them to remain."