Last week it was widely reported that Homer would no longer strangle Bart on ‘The Simpsons’ because “times have changed.”
Now a co-creator of the show has gone on record saying that this is not true and that the stranglings will continue.
He actually said “nothing” is changing.
Homer Will Continue to Strangle Bart on The Simpsons, Says Co-Creator: ‘Nothing’s Changing’ (Exclusive)
The Simpsons’ patriarch will continue to get aggressive with his son, co-creator and producer James L. Brooks tells PEOPLE.
Homer Simpson, who has often strangled son Bart for laughs on Fox’s long-running animated series, seemed to suggest he would change his ways on the episode “McMansion & Wife,” which aired on Oct. 22.
Homer (Dan Castellaneta) met his new neighbor Thayer (Hank Azaria), who noted Homer had “quite a grip” when they shook hands.
“See, Marge, strangling the boy has paid off,” Homer quipped to his wife Marge (Julie Kavner). “Just kidding. I don’t do that anymore.” Smiling, he added, “Times have changed.”
Perhaps not. Asked about that episode, Brooks tells PEOPLE, “Don’t think for a second we’re changing anything.”
“Nothing’s getting tamed. Nothing, nothing, nothing,” Brooks continues. “He’ll continue to be strangled—[if] you want to use that awful term for it. He’ll continue to be loved by his father in a specific way.”
Of course, this doesn’t change the fact that the show has lost a bit of its edge. It’s like Saturday Night Live, a show that’s no longer funny but still makes money.
This was the right decision, however.
‘THE SIMPSONS’ co-creator confirms Homer will still strangle Bart.
“Nothing’s getting tamed… He’ll continue to be loved by his father in a specific way.”
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) November 13, 2023
Homer Simpson will continue to strangle Bart after a recent episode led fans to believe the gag was going to be retired, ‘The Simpsons’ co-creator James L. Brooks tells People:
“Nothing’s getting tamed… He’ll continue to be strangled — [if] you want to use that awful term for… pic.twitter.com/3vV03SbtQe
— ToonHive (@ToonHive) November 13, 2023
Maybe they should do a clip show of all the times Homer strangled Bart.