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Simpsons writer claims Michael Jackson used his cameo episode as a tool to sexually abuse young boys

Michael Jackson used his guest role on The Simpsons to groom boys, showrunner Al Jean has said, following the announcement that the popular episode would no longer be featured in repeats.

The episode, called ‘Stark Raving Dad’, features the voice of the late pop singer who is accused of being a pedophile and of sexual misconduct during the height of his fame. 

Showrunners announced the episode would be pulled amid renewed interest in Jackson following the HBO documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’ which featured alleged victims opening up about the abuse they suffered at the hands of the musician.

Michael Jackson used his guest role on The Simpsons to groom boys, showrunner Al Jean has said

The episode, called 'Stark Raving Dad', features the voice of the late pop singer who is accused of being a pedophile and of sexual misconduct during the height of his fame

Michael Jackson used his guest role on The Simpsons to groom boys, showrunner Al Jean (left) has said, following the announcement that the popular episode would no longer be featured in repeats. The episode, called ‘Stark Raving Dad’, features the voice of the late pop singer who is accused of being a pedophile and of sexual misconduct during the height of his fame

The episode, which Jean co-wrote with Mike Reiss, was specially penned for the pop star. Jackson's voice features in the episode for the character of Leon - a large bald man with delusions of being the King of Pop that Homer meets in a mental institution

The episode, which Jean co-wrote with Mike Reiss, was specially penned for the pop star. Jackson’s voice features in the episode for the character of Leon – a large bald man with delusions of being the King of Pop that Homer meets in a mental institution

The episode, which Jean co-wrote with Mike Reiss, was specially penned for the pop star. 

The allegations prompted concerns among the creators of the show, who now believe Jackson had a depraved hidden agenda in featuring in the long-running series. 

‘If you watch that documentary – 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 told The Daily Beast.  

‘It wasn’t just a comedy to him, it was something that was used as a tool. And I strongly believe that. That is my belief, and it’s why I think removing it is appropriate,’ Jean added. 

Jackson’s voice features in the episode for the character of Leon – a large bald man with delusions of being the King of Pop that Homer meets in a mental institution 

In light of the damning new accusations, Jean said be believed it was the right thing to no longer syndicate the episode, despite admitting that he would suffer financially from the move.

He added: ‘I think it was part of what he used to groom boys. 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. And that makes me very, very sad.’ 

The series, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, is particularly popular with boys, concerning showmakers that Jackson used it as a tool for his alleged insidious behaviour

The series, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, is particularly popular with boys, concerning showmakers that Jackson used it as a tool for his alleged insidious behaviour

The series, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, is particularly popular with boys, concerning showmakers that Jackson used it as a tool for his alleged insidious behaviour.

There was some controversy when executive producer James L. Brooks announced that the episode would be pulled, but Jeans’ comments suggestion the showmakers are in full agreement about the decision.

‘The documentary gave evidence of monstrous behavior,’ Brooks told the Wall Street Journal. 

‘The guys I work with – where we spend our lives arguing over jokes – were of one mind on this. It feels clearly the only choice to make.’ 

This isn’t the first time an episode has been pulled.  An episode from season nine titled ‘The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson’ was withdrawn from syndication for several years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, because the storyline involved Homer’s car stuck between the World Trade Centre Twin Towers.  

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