"And that makes me very, very sad".
Denise has always been a fan of Michael Jackson and had previously revealed how her son used to love dancing to the King of Pop's music.
Jackson played the character of Leon Kompowsky, a burly patient in a psychological hospital who claims to be the music legend, and he insisted on a scene where he and young Bart Simpson sing a song together, and the lyrics take on a creepier meaning after the new allegations surfaced. It wasn't just a comedy to him, it was something that was used as a tool.
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. "I don't believe in going through and making judgments on every guest star and saying 'this one was bad, that one was bad, ' but the episode itself has a false objective, and that's what I object to about it now".
Jean continued, "I lose a little bit of money financially, it's not something that's great personally to lose one of the most successful things I ever did, but I totally think it's the right move".
"I don't believe in going through and making judgments on every guest star and saying "this one was bad, that one was bad", but the episode itself has a false objective, and that's what I object to about it now", Jean explained to the Daily Beast.
The show's chief creative team, including showrunner Al Jean, chose to pull the 1991 season opener "Stark Raving Dad", which features Jackson, after seeing the new documentary "Leaving Neverland" and realizing the late singer may have used the appearance for nefarious purposes, reported The Daily Beast.
Leaving Neverland has divided opinions since its release, with fans, viewers and even figures such as Louis Theroux speaking out about the allegations.