The Simpsons is set to drop the character of Apu, according to reports.
In April producer Adi Shankar launched a spec script contest to address ongoing concerns about the portrayal of Indian-Americans.
While FOX has no plans to produce what he calls the “perfect script” Shankar has now told IndieWire: “I got some disheartening news back, that I’ve verified from multiple sources now: They’re going to drop the Apu character altogether.
“They aren’t going to make a big deal out of it, or anything like that, but they’ll drop him altogether just to avoid the controversy.”
Shankar clarified he got the news from two people who work for The Simpsons and a third source who works directly with creator Matt Groening.
A representative from FOX provided a cryptic response: “Apu appeared in the 10/14/18 episode ‘My Way or the Highway to Heaven.’”
In the episode, Apu only appears in a single wide shot that showed dozens of characters gathered around God.
Not even a proper exit?
Updated: Showrunner Al Jean responds, but has not denied.