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Iconic character in The Simpsons to be killed off this season

Oct. 1, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

Looks like a another famous character from The Simpsons will be joining Maude Flanders in the animated afterlife. Al Jean (executive producer for the long running show) recently talked to Sun News and confirmed that a famous character on the show will be killed off this season. Jean wouldn't say who will be killed, but he did give a hint:

"I'll give you a clue that the actor playing the character won an Emmy for playing that character, but I won't say who it is."

Awesome clue Jean, except almost every actor that has played a major character on the show has won an Emmy, and there have been plenty of guest stars that have won the award as well.

The 25th season of The Simpson began on Sunday, and Al Jean also gives some details on other events that will happen in the new season. We already know Guillermo Del Toro is creating the opener for their Treehouse of Horror special (which will air on October 6th) and Al Jean thinks he's done a great job with it:

"I would say - and I've met some people who like scary things - he is the greatest expert on horror movies that I have ever encountered. There are so many references in that opening, it's really brilliant."

Al Jean goes on to say fans should expect to see the Comic Book Guy get married in the upcoming season ("The wedding is performed by Stan Lee. We have Stan Lee playing himself and (sci-fi legend) Harlan Ellison playing himself in that episode. What was funny was that they both wanted to be funnier than the other. It was really exciting for me, as a nerd.") and the season finale will be a Simpsons/Futurama cross-over episode ("I've been here 25 years, and we had a read yesterday where the excitement was as high as I've ever seen. We had John DiMaggio and Billy West and (Canadian voice-over king) Maurice LaMarche from Futurama, as well as our cast, and I thought that's got to be the greatest voiceover talent assembled at one read. It was really, really great to see Bender interacting with Homer.")

I know it's kind of popular to shit on The Simpsons but I still enjoy new episodes, even if they aren't as brilliant as previous ones. Hopefully killing off an iconic character means we'll get a classic Simpsons episode and it won't just be a ratings grab.

Extra Tidbit: How many of you would lose your shit if they killed off Sideshow Bob? It could happen...
Source: Sun News

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2:43PM on 10/02/2013
They still churn out some pretty great episodes. "The Squirt and the Whale" from 2 or 3 years ago was awesome. "Waverly Hills" is another.
They still churn out some pretty great episodes. "The Squirt and the Whale" from 2 or 3 years ago was awesome. "Waverly Hills" is another.
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12:58AM on 10/02/2013
Waylon Smithers, Ned Flanders, Abe Simpson, Moe Sizzlack, Duffman, Disco Stu, or Bee-man. Calling it now, it's going to be one of them.
Waylon Smithers, Ned Flanders, Abe Simpson, Moe Sizzlack, Duffman, Disco Stu, or Bee-man. Calling it now, it's going to be one of them.
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10:38PM on 10/01/2013

If they were trying to get me interested again they succeed.

I'm shore I'm going to regret it but I'm going to watch all of these episodes. A Stan Lee cameo, Futurama crossover and what sounds like its guaranteed to be a new classic Halloween episode (and it better be after that crap they produced for Halloween last season). still not going to watch it regularly but I will tune in for all of these.
I'm shore I'm going to regret it but I'm going to watch all of these episodes. A Stan Lee cameo, Futurama crossover and what sounds like its guaranteed to be a new classic Halloween episode (and it better be after that crap they produced for Halloween last season). still not going to watch it regularly but I will tune in for all of these.
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12:59AM on 10/02/2013
I'm pretty sure it's a Family Guy/Simpsons crossover, not Simpsons/Futurama. I could be wrong though, so don't quote me on that...
I'm pretty sure it's a Family Guy/Simpsons crossover, not Simpsons/Futurama. I could be wrong though, so don't quote me on that...
8:20PM on 10/01/2013
"...It's kind of popular to shit on The Simpsons."? Yeah, if you got shit for brains. Them and Southpark are two of the longer running shows that are still good after all these years.
"...It's kind of popular to shit on The Simpsons."? Yeah, if you got shit for brains. Them and Southpark are two of the longer running shows that are still good after all these years.
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12:56AM on 10/02/2013
Agreed.
Agreed.
3:26PM on 10/01/2013
That clue is useless. Look up the Emmy nominees & winners. There are a ton of characters to choose from.

I first thought of Mr. Burns but was shocked to see that Harry Shearer has never won! I consider his characters to be the very best, w/ Hank Azaria's a close second.
That clue is useless. Look up the Emmy nominees & winners. There are a ton of characters to choose from.

I first thought of Mr. Burns but was shocked to see that Harry Shearer has never won! I consider his characters to be the very best, w/ Hank Azaria's a close second.
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1:34PM on 10/01/2013
Not sure why people bitch about The Simpsons. I think it's one of the most consistently funny shows on TV. Sure the jokes and humor are different than they were 25 years ago, but it's a show that's allowed itself to evolve over time and grow with it's audience.

As for who the character in question is, my guess is: a) Grampa Simpson, b) Moe, or c) Krusty - I'm sure I'm way off on all of my guesses.
Not sure why people bitch about The Simpsons. I think it's one of the most consistently funny shows on TV. Sure the jokes and humor are different than they were 25 years ago, but it's a show that's allowed itself to evolve over time and grow with it's audience.

As for who the character in question is, my guess is: a) Grampa Simpson, b) Moe, or c) Krusty - I'm sure I'm way off on all of my guesses.
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1:27PM on 10/01/2013
Don't you DARE kill off Sideshow Bob.
Don't you DARE kill off Sideshow Bob.
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12:31PM on 10/01/2013
"The Simpsons have really gone down hill in the last 15 years, i mean, how hard is it to maintain relevance and originality for that long. I'm still the same person i was back then, why can't the Simpsons reclaim the glory of the show i watched when i was 10."

come on people, stop bitching about how good it use to be and start appreciating what it is now. Sure, most of the iconic moments are probably in the past, but the show is still funny and creative. It has done a good job of keeping up
"The Simpsons have really gone down hill in the last 15 years, i mean, how hard is it to maintain relevance and originality for that long. I'm still the same person i was back then, why can't the Simpsons reclaim the glory of the show i watched when i was 10."

come on people, stop bitching about how good it use to be and start appreciating what it is now. Sure, most of the iconic moments are probably in the past, but the show is still funny and creative. It has done a good job of keeping up with the times and competing with riskier shows. This is something that has been going on since before the popularity of cable and the invention of the internet. I think it really stands against shows like Family Guy and South Park and holding its own. The show is funny, plain and simple. I watch it whenever i can and the episodes remain timeless to me.

as for who they are killing off, according to IMDB, actors who have won Emmy's for a specific Simpsons character (instead of a group at a time) have been Anne Hathaway (Princess Penelope), Dan Castellaneta (Homer Simpson), Kelsey Grammer (Sideshow Bob), Hank Azaria (Apu), Jackie Mason (Rabbi Krustofsky), Marcia Wallace (Miss Krabappel), Nancy Carthwright (Bart Simpson), and Yeardley Smith (Lisa Simpson),

Given that information i would narrow it down to Sideshow Bob, Apu, or Miss Krabappel. Most likely Bob seeing as Flander's already lost one wife, and Apu has 8 kids. Sideshow Bob is the only major character that his death would make an impact without leaving a sour taste on the show.

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12:22PM on 10/01/2013
Please don't kill off Santa's Little Helper.
Please don't kill off Santa's Little Helper.
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11:54AM on 10/01/2013

Enough already.

The Simpsons had a time and place.......10-15 years ago. I loved the the show as a kid but honestly I have not met one single person that still watches the show or talks about it. I just see the Fox promos while watching football and think ''the Simpsons is still on?'' The actors and crew have taken multiple pay cuts just to keep the show going. I say go out with a bang and just announce the last episode already. Again I don't want to come down on them as they have paved the way for a lot of
The Simpsons had a time and place.......10-15 years ago. I loved the the show as a kid but honestly I have not met one single person that still watches the show or talks about it. I just see the Fox promos while watching football and think ''the Simpsons is still on?'' The actors and crew have taken multiple pay cuts just to keep the show going. I say go out with a bang and just announce the last episode already. Again I don't want to come down on them as they have paved the way for a lot of television but don't drag it out anymore.
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5:45PM on 10/01/2013
Just watched the season premiere last night, and it was great. You just don't have your finger on the pulse, that's all... ;)
Just watched the season premiere last night, and it was great. You just don't have your finger on the pulse, that's all... ;)
10:16AM on 10/01/2013
am I the only one who still loves the simpsons?? I didn't realise it gets so much negativity these days.
am I the only one who still loves the simpsons?? I didn't realise it gets so much negativity these days.
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9:32AM on 10/01/2013

Well....

I guess they gotta try and get ppl interested in their show again some how. I mean its been what? 14 years since Maude died?
I guess they gotta try and get ppl interested in their show again some how. I mean its been what? 14 years since Maude died?
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9:21AM on 10/01/2013
I only ever watch Treehouse of Horror these days. But I would tune in for the finale if Futurama is involved. I could care less which character dies.
I only ever watch Treehouse of Horror these days. But I would tune in for the finale if Futurama is involved. I could care less which character dies.
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9:04AM on 10/01/2013
Lost interest in the show years ago, strange why they would do this so far into the series.
Lost interest in the show years ago, strange why they would do this so far into the series.
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8:56AM on 10/01/2013
What if they killed the character at Comic Book Guy's wedding, Red Wedding style?
What if they killed the character at Comic Book Guy's wedding, Red Wedding style?
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8:54AM on 10/01/2013

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This show is still on?
This show is still on?
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11:56AM on 10/01/2013
thats what i said last sunday while watching football and saw the promos come on.
thats what i said last sunday while watching football and saw the promos come on.
8:51AM on 10/01/2013

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'Loose' my shit? Is that like letting it go in controlled bursts?
'Loose' my shit? Is that like letting it go in controlled bursts?
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8:12AM on 10/01/2013
Are they gonna kill off Sideshow Bob? - that was my first guess.
Killing off Maude Flanders worked okay - didn't ruin Ned and the kids as characters - so I'm sure they've thought through the repercussions of offing someone else.
Are they gonna kill off Sideshow Bob? - that was my first guess.
Killing off Maude Flanders worked okay - didn't ruin Ned and the kids as characters - so I'm sure they've thought through the repercussions of offing someone else.
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7:58AM on 10/01/2013
I'm actually really excited to see the Simpsons and Futurama crossover. And the credits that Del Toro did as well.

As for a character getting killed off, it just better not be Moe. Love that character.
I'm actually really excited to see the Simpsons and Futurama crossover. And the credits that Del Toro did as well.

As for a character getting killed off, it just better not be Moe. Love that character.
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7:58AM on 10/01/2013
Trying to make the Simpsons interesting again? I don't care...
Trying to make the Simpsons interesting again? I don't care...
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7:57AM on 10/01/2013
I hope it's Marge. Or Lisa.

Twice.
I hope it's Marge. Or Lisa.

Twice.
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