The Simpsons producer Al Jean revealed during a conference to promote the 25th season of the cartoon that it will be the end for a regular character. But he wouldn’t say who.
“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,” Jean said.
That is not much of a clue considering that almost all of the actors who supplied voices for the main Simpsons characters have taken home Emmys.
The main players are Dan Castellaneta, who voices Homer, Julie Kavner, who does Marge, Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart, and Yeardley Smith, who’s Lisa.
Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer also do several voices. Tress MacNeille, Pamela Hayden, Maggie Roswell, Russi Taylor, Marcia Wallace, Marcia Mitzman Gaven and Karl Wiedergott are regular supporting cast members.
The actors aren’t worried if a character keels over because each performer voices several personalities on the show. So no one is in jeopardy of losing his or her job.
A character on the show hasn’t died since Maud Flanders was killed 14 years ago.
The producer doled out some more shockers. New guest voices will include Kristen Wiig, who appears in the opener, Zach Galifianakis and Elisabeth Moss.
“In (Elisabeth’s) episode, Homer is stuck on an elevator with a pregnant woman and delivers her baby,” says Jean.
“She’s grateful and she doesn’t have a husband, so she names the baby Homer Jr. And Homer actually bonds with the baby better than his own (children).” Also, the season finale will be a Simpsons/Futurama cross-over episode.
WHO WILL DIE?
5/1 Edna Krabappel
6/1 Sideshow Bob
6/1 Comic Book Guy
7/1 Grandpa Simpson
10/1 Krusty the Clown
12/1 Moe Szyslak