The Simpsons episode starring Michael Jackson missing from Disney+ library

Metro Entertainment 1 month ago
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Stark Raving Dad is not available to watch on Disney+ (Picture: Fox; PA)

The episode of The Simpsons in which Michael Jackson guest-starred is absent from Disney+.

The streaming platform launched this week and due to Disney’s acquisition of 21st Centruy Fox earlier this year, it features the entire Simpsons back catalogue.

However, there’s one notable exception.

Episode one of season three, Stark Raving Dad, is missing from the Simpsons library on Disney+, with the platform now kicking off series three with Mr Lisa Goes To Washington, although the episode is still labelled as episode two.

While Disney+ have not commented on the omission, executive producer James L Brooks, creator Matt Groening and showrunner Al Jean decided to pull the episode from recirculation earlier this year after watching Leaving Neverland – in which Wade Robson and James Safechuck put forward troubling allegations of sexual abuse against Michael Jackson, who has an uncredited role in Stark Raving Dad.

Season 3, Episode 1 - Stark Raving Dad (Picture: Fox)
James L Brooks said everyone agreed to remove the ep from circulation (Picture: Fox)

The premiere of the animated series’ third season back in 1991 featured the voice of Michael Jackson as Leon Kompowsky – a man Homer meets in a mental institution who believes he is the Billie Jean singer.

Homer, not knowing who MJ is, believes Leon is the real deal, and when he brings him back to Springfield, the town’s residents all show up to see ‘Michael Jackson’.

Jackson – who was a huge fan of the show – provided the voice for Leon and was credited as John Jay Smith, although a voice double was used for Leon’s singing.

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2019, file photo, Wade Robson, from left, director Dan Reed and James Safechuck pose for a portrait to promote the film "Leaving Neverland" at the Salesforce Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Michael Jackson accusers Robson and Safechuck say that the Sundance Film Festival is first time they've ever felt public support for their allegations the King of Pop molested them. The documentary which premiered at the festival last month and will air on HBO in two parts on March 3 and 4, chronicles how their lives intersected with Jackson's. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP, File)
Wade, left, and James, right, have accused Jackson of sexual abuse (Picture: Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)

Brooks told the Wall Street Journal in March: ‘It feels clearly the only choice to make. The guys I work with — where we spend our lives arguing over jokes — were of one mind on this.

‘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.’

At the time, it was reported that Stark Raving Dad would be removed from streaming platforms and re-runs, as well as being left out of forthcoming boxsets.

In Leaving Neverland, Wade Robson and James Safechuck alleged that Jackson sexually abused them as children.

The Michael Jackson estate has repeatedly denied the allegations.

While some viewers may be confused by the absence of Stark Raving Dad from The Simpsons library, others are peeved that a switch to widescreen has led to some of the cartoon’s visual gags accidentally being cut out.

Metro.co.uk has contacted Disney+ for comment.


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