Count “The Simpsons” showrunner Al Jean among those who have a new impression of Michael Jackson after watching “Leaving Neverland”.
Jean addressed the decision to archive an episode of “The Simpsons” that featured the pop icon. “If you watch [‘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 told the Daily Beast.
“It wasn’t just a comedy to him, it was something that was used as a tool,” Jean believes. “I think it was part of what he used to groom boys.”
The showrunner made sure to clarify, “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.”
Jackson starred in the “Simpsons” season 3 premiere episode titled, “Stark Raving Dad”. The “Smooth Criminal” singer voiced a mental institution patient who claims to be Jackson. The singer’s appearance on “The Simpsons” was long rumoured but only publicly confirmed last year.
Jean and series creators Matt Groening and James L. Brooks made the announcement to pull the episode last week.