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Simpsons recall Michael Jackson episode from circulation

James L Brooks and Matt Groening
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The long running comedy series has apparently confirmed they're pulling the episode, Stark Raving Dad, in the wake of sex abuse allegations against the music icon.

According to The Wall Street Journal Simpsons producer James L Brooks (pictured above with creator Matt Groening) said “it feels clearly like the only choice to make”.

“The guys I work with– where we all spend our lives arguing over jokes — were of one mind on this,” he said.

"The documentary gave evidence of monstrous behaviour. I’m against book burning of any kind. But this is our book, and we’re allowed to take out a chapter.”

In the 1991 episode, Jackson voices Leon Kompowsky, a psychiatric patient who tries to convince Homer he is the King of Pop.

Brooks added: “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.”

Jackson's family say there's "not one piece of evidence" to prove the claims, which were made in the documentary Leaving Neverland.

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For years, it has been the subject of conjecture - did the King of Pop really voice the character of Leon Kompowsky in the the season three premiere, Stark Raving Dad.

The episode followed Homer as he was sent to a mental health institution and made friends with a white (well, yellow) bricklayer who claimed he was actually MJ.

It also features a scene of the character and Bart singing a birthday song to Lisa.

Jacko isn't credited and there has been much speculation about whether it was recorded by a vocal impersonator. Now creator Matt Groening has put the issue to bed once and for all (above).

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