'The Simpsons' producer Al Jean says Michael Jackson used guest appearance to "groom boys"

Al Jean, who co-wrote and produced the 1991 episode in which Michael Jackson guest starred, said the episode was taken off air based on revelations made in 'Leaving Neverland'


                            'The Simpsons' producer Al Jean says Michael Jackson used guest appearance to "groom boys"

In a shocking revelation, 'The Simpsons' producer, Al Jean, said he believes Michael Jackson was using his appearance on the show to "groom boys". 'The Simpsons' recently took down a classic episode of the show featuring Michael Jackson following the accusations made against the pop star in the HBO documentary 'Leaving Neverland'. 

Michael Jackson appeared in the season three episode 'Stark Raving Dad' (Youtube)
Michael Jackson appeared in the season three episode 'Stark Raving Dad' (Youtube)

Jean, who co-wrote and produced the 1991 episode which featured a guest appearance from Michael Jackson, defended the decision saying it was clear to him that "the episode itself has a false purpose". In the season three episode 'Stark Raving Dad', the singer voiced a man who is locked up in a psychiatric hospital and who believes he's Michael Jackson. 

In an interview with the Daily Beast, Jean said, "I think it was part of what he used to groom boys. I really don't know, and I should be very careful because this is not something I know personally, but as far as what I think, that's what I think. And that makes me very, very sad."

Al Jean co-wrote and produced the 1991 episode which featured a guest appearance from Michael Jackson (Getty Images)
Al Jean co-wrote and produced the 1991 episode which featured a guest appearance from Michael Jackson (Getty Images)

"I don't believe in going through and making judgements on every guest star and saying, 'This one was bad, that one was bad,' but the episode itself has a false purpose, and that's what I object to about it now," he added.

Jean made it clear, the decision was taken based on the information revealed in Dan Reed's controversial HBO documentary 'Leaving Neverland'. "What saddens me is, if you watch that documentary – which I did, and several of us here did – and you watch that episode, honestly, it looks like the episode was used by Michael Jackson for something other than what we'd intended it."

Michael Jackson with 10-year-old James Safechuck on July 11, 1988 (Getty Images)
Michael Jackson with 10-year-old James Safechuck on July 11, 1988 (Getty Images)

"It wasn't just a comedy to him, it was something that was used as a tool. And I strongly believe that. That, to me, is my belief, and it's why I think removing it is appropriate," he said. The decision did not go down well with a section of the show's fanbase and many threatened to boycott the show after the episode was pulled. However, Jean was confident that it was the right thing to do. "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."