The Simpsons episode “Stark Raving Dad” has been dropped from TV syndication following allegations raised in HBO documentary Raising Neverland.
Michael Jackson infamously provided a voice for the episode, which aired in Season 3 premiere on Sept. 19, 1991. His involvement was uncredited, and only rumoured to be Jackson’s voice until it was finally confirmed to actually be him, years later (Kipp Lennon provided the singing voice).
“It feels clearly the only choice to make,” executive producer James L. Brooks told the Wall Street Journal. Fellow executive producers Matt Groening and Al Jean also agreed with the decision. “The guys I work with — where we spend our lives arguing over jokes — were of one mind on this,” Brooks said.
“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 told the newspaper. He said it would take time, however, for the show to be removed from syndication.
“I’m against book burning of any kind. But this is our book, and we’re allowed to take out a chapter,” he told the Journal.