The fallout from the controversial Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland continues with producers of The Simpsons removing an episode that features the singer’s voice from circulation.
The 1991 episode Stark Raving Dad has Homer sent to a mental institution where he shares a room with a man who claims to be Michael Jackson.
Jackson provided the voice of Homer’s roommate and the episode is a fan favourite.
The Simpsons executive producer James L. Brooks told the Wall Street Journal the decision to remove the episode was a direct result of the HBO documentary, which features allegations of sexual abuse from two of Jackson’s former proteges, Jason Safechuck and Australian-born Wade Robson.
“It feels clearly the only choice to make,” he said.
“The guys I work with—where we spend our lives arguing over jokes—were of one mind on this.”
The decision - made by Brooks, creator Matt Groening and show-runner Al Jean - means the episode will no longer be broadcast on TV, streamed online or appear on future DVDs.
“Generally our policy is to judge the song not the artist but we do react to listener complaints,” station chief executive Bevan Jones said.
"Michael was subjected to a thorough investigation which included a surprise raid of Neverland and other properties as well as a jury trial where Michael was found to be COMPLETELY INNOCENT,” the family said in a statement.