'The Simpsons' To Kill Off a Main Character This Season, Producer Says

Image: 'The Simpsons' To Kill Off a Main Character This Season, Producer Says Al Jean

Tuesday, 01 Oct 2013 07:51 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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The 25th season of "The Simpsons" premiered Sunday night, a day after after the show's executive producer revealed in an interview that they're planning to kill off a main character.

"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," Al Jean told The Sun News.

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But that doesn't narrow it down very much; the show has won more than 25 Emmys.

The Internet has been abuzz with speculation over which Springfield resident would get the axe.

"Well, there's always the chance he's referring to one of the numerous characters Dan Castellaneta and Hank Azaria have played over the years. Both actors (best known as Homer and Apu, respectively) have lent their voice to, and won multiple Emmys for, a variety of characters in Springfield, any of which could go (barring the biggest ones)," Today.com supposed. "Equally, Emmy winner Nancy Cartwright (who won in 1992 for voicing Bart) and Yeardley Smith (also a 1992 winner for voicing Lisa) are surely not on the chopping block."

A few celebrities have also won Emmys for their work on "The Simpsons," including Anne Hathaway (Princess Penelope), Kelsey Grammer (Sideshow Bob), and Julie Kavner (Marge's mom Jacqueline).

"The Simpsons," the longest-running American primetime scripted series, notoriously killed off Ned Flanders' wife Maud 14 seasons ago.

Jean also previewed what else is in store for season 25, including a "Simpsons/Futurama" crossover episode, a wedding, and celebrity cameos by Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis, and Elisabeth Moss.

"The Simpsons" airs Sundays at 8 p.m. EST on FOX.

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