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The Simpsons producers say 'fired' composer Alf Clausen still has a role on the show

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The Simpsons composer Alf Clausen, who says he has been sacked after 27 years, is to have an "ongoing role" on the show, according to its producers.

The Emmy award-winning composer had confirmed on Twitter he was told they wanted "a different kind of music".

But show bosses said in a statement that they were "committed to the finest in music for The Simpsons, absolutely including orchestral."

They said they "tremendously value Alf Clausen's contributions" to the show.

"He will continue to have an ongoing role in the show," they said, adding: "This is the part where we would make a joke but neither Alf's work nor the music of the Simpsons is treated as anything but seriously by us."

There was no further information on what his ongoing role would be on the Fox show and they said there would be no further comment.

Speaking in 2015, Clausen said he was "very careful" with the budget because he appreciated how much using a large orchestra each week cost, but said the bosses at The Simpsons did not hassle him over it.

He said on Twitter he was fired by email, after someone asked if he had been given the news over the phone.

Clausen won an Emmy award for his 1997 song We Put The Spring In Springfield from the episode Bart After Dark.

He also won an Emmy for the 1998 song You're Checkin' In from the episode The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson.

He was nominated a further 18 times at the Emmys and has also won three Annie awards.

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