The Simpsons will cut their famed episode featuring the voice of Michael Jackson from their archives following the ‘monstrous’ allegations of the bombshell documentary Leaving Neverland.
The longtime running show’s executive producer James L. Brooks announced that the classic episode featuring Michael Jackson’s voice will be removed from circulation.
The episode called Stark Raving Dad, which appears in season three, will be pulled from syndication and streaming services, Brooks said to the Wall Street Journal on Thursday.
In the episode Jackson plays Leon Kompowsky, a mental hospital patient who ends up sharing a room with Homer Simpson. In the episode he sings his classic Billie Jean and shows off his iconic moonwalk dance moves.
‘This was a treasured episode. There are a lot of great memories we have wrapped up in that one, and this certainly doesn’t allow them to remain,’ Brooks said on the episode.
The jarring two-part documentary Leaving Neverland aired on HBO last week detailing the accounts of Wade Robson and Jimmy Safechuck who say the famed pop star sexually abused them and groomed them as children at his Neverland estate.
The allegations re-stirred Jackson’s controversy over the alleged abuse of young boys.
It was so shocking, it led the Simpsons boss Brooks and two other show creators to re-think the episode featuring the King of Pop.
‘The guys I work with– where we all spend our lives arguing over jokes — were of one mind on this. It feels clearly the only choice is to make. The documentary gave evidence of monstrous behavior,’ Brooks said.
‘I’m against book burning of any kind. But this is our book, and we’re allowed to take out a chapter,’ Brooks noted.