The executive producer of The Simpsons has revealed that a regular character is to be killed off during the new season.
In a press call, Al Jean confirmed the news, as well as other tidbits about the show’s 25th season.
“I’ll give you a clue that the actor playing the character won an Emmy for playing that character, but I won’t say who it is.”
Given that virtually every cast member and recurring special guest has won an Emmy over the last 25 years, that really doesn’t give anything away. Jean also confirmed that Guillermo Del Toro will be a contributor to the season’s annual Treehouse of Horror episode, and comic book legend Stan Lee will also lend his voice to an episode.
Additionally, the season finale is to be a Simpsons/Futurama crossover episode, something Jean is really looking forward to.
“I’ve been here 25 years, and we had a read yesterday where the excitement was as high as I’ve ever seen. We had John DiMaggio and Billy West and (Canadian voice-over king) Maurice LaMarche from Futurama, as well as our cast, and I thought that’s got to be the greatest voiceover talent assembled at one read. It was really, really great to see Bender interacting with Homer.”
Jean also revealed the one unchecked item on the wishlist still to be fulfilled; the appearance of a US President.
“We approached Nixon – no. This was back at the beginning of the show. Gerald Ford? No. Jimmy Carter – we actually did a joke about him being reviled as history’s greatest monster, which he saw before we sent him the script. So he said no. Reagan said no, but wrote us a nice letter. The first Bush said no. Clinton we approached really hard and he said … it would demean the presidency. So we gave up.”