The episode was also cut from broadcast circulation back in March…
Some time after Disney acquired Fox and its properties earlier this year, it was announced that the entire back catalogue of The Simpsons would make its way to the company’s streaming service, Disney+, which went live this week. There have been so many seasons of Fox’s long-running animated series, that it was a struggle for most fans to keep up with purchasing the show’s physical media, so having all the episodes available at the touch of a button was seen as quite the temptation for those who were on the fence about signing up for the service.
As Disney+ launched this week, some viewers noted that there was one Simpsons episode missing, though – 1991’s ‘Stark Raving Dad’, where Homer meets a man called Leon in a mental institution. The character was famously voiced by the late pop singer Michael Jackson – though he was not credited – and Jackson wrote several songs for The Simpsons.
This is not the first time the episode has been pulled. In March, the decision was made to take it off the broadcast roster after Jackson was accused of child molestation by several men in the documentary Leaving Neverland.
“I’m against book-burning of any kind. But this is our book, and we’re allowed to take out a chapter,” remarked James L Brooks, executive producer of The Simpsons, after the episode was first removed.
Disney has declined to comment on the removal at the time of writing.