Former showrunner Al Jean, who wrote the episode and has been hit financially by the decision to pull it, said he agreed with the decision. The episode has been removed from future airings.
About one week ago, Jean, Simpsons executive producer James L. Brooks and Simpsons creator Matt Groening all made the executive decision to pull the episode after they all saw the Leaving Neverland documentary, which detailed Jackson's alleged pedophilia. It wasn't just a comedy to him, it was something that was used as a tool. "It was something that was used as a tool, and I strongly believe that", Reiss explained to The Daily Beast. He wasn't entirely a Cosby parody either, which is why I don't think anybody looks at the character now and says "Oh, that's Bill Cosby". 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", Jean concluded.
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Michael Jackson did the voice over in the episode "Stark Raving Dad".
Jean added that while the episode was "one of the most successful things I ever did", pulling it was "the right move".
"The episode itself has a false objective, and that's what I object to about it now", Reiss said.More news: Whoopi Goldberg Returns to 'The View' After Pneumonia
Mashable reports that purging Jackson from the legacy of "The Simpsons" will take some time - for example, there are DVDs and streaming services - and will not happen immediately, though the process has begun.
There has been worldwide controversy following the release of Dan Reed-directed documentary Leaving Neverland. The film features testimony from two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who allege that Jackson sexually abused them from the ages of seven and 10 onwards.
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Jackson's daughter, Paris Jackson, has responded to the documentary, replying to Twitter users in a thread defending the documentary and the "injustices" around it, sticking up for her dad's "good heart". "Relax and have peace".