‘The Simpsons’ is set to make history
Already the longest running American sitcom and animated program in television history, ‘The Simpsons’ is the longest running TV show — period — on Sunday, when the FOX hit takes the title of ‘Gunsmoke.’
“The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening admitted fans were not only hear of things when they recognized a familiar voice in 1991, an episode in which a patient in a psychiatric institution.
Many fans thought they heard Michael Jackson’s voice in the episode entitled “Stark Raving Dad.” In the episode, the psychiatric patient called the Simpson’s house and introduced himself as Michael Jackson.
“Hello? Who is this?” the character asks, if Homer Simpson’s son, Bart, picks up the phone.
“I’m Bart Simpson, who the hell are you?” Bart answers.
“I’m Michael Jackson,” he said.
“Michael Jackson? No way,” Bart said.
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The patient, a tall, bald man, nice Jackson, but many said that his voice in comparison with the “King of Pop” was creepy.
For more than two decades, “Simpsons” fans discussed whether that really was the voice of the singer, who died in 2009 at the age of 50. Credit for the character at the end of the episode read “John Jay Smith.”
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But that is not to prevent producers and staff of the talk about Jackson’s guest, although it is not officially confirmed by the show of the maker until recently.
“We have him,” Groening confirmed in an interview with the Australian TV show “The Weekly” this week.
Groening revealed that Jackson himself called him about getting a part on the show, but he initially thought it was a prank call and hung up.
“He has the voice of someone doing a Michael Jackson bit,” Groening recalled.
The hit tv producer later realized it was not a “little” at all — it was actually him.
“He did the show, he would not credit — it was a kind of deal with the record company or whatever. So when it came time to sing the songs, he had a soundalike singer. And he stood there and looked at the man who was so nervous, that had to sound like Michael Jackson,” Groening said, adding that Jackson giggled in the background.
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