Al Jean, longtime Simpsons writer and producer, tells The Daily Beast his “grim theory” about the recently pulled 1991 episode featuring Michael Jackson.
“What saddens me is, if you watch [the documentary Leaving Neverland]—which I did, and several of us here did—and you watch that episode, honestly, it looks like the episode was used by Michael Jackson for something other than what we’d intended it,” Jean said. “It wasn’t just a comedy to him, it was something that was used as a tool. And I strongly believe that. . . . It’s why I think removing it is appropriate.”
“I really don’t know, and I should be very careful because this is not something I know personally, but as far as what I think, that’s what I think,” Jean said. “And that makes me very, very sad.”
The episode in question, while one of the most successful Simpsons episodes ever, was recently pulled from syndication in light of the new allegations which have arisen from the documentary.
“It feels clearly the only choice to make,” he said, adding that Leaving Neverland“gave evidence of monstrous behavior.” Radio stations in Canada and New Zealand have also decided to stop playing Jackson’s music in the wake of the documentary.
(via Vanity Fair; photo: Avalon)