Why Michael Jackson Had His ‘Authorized Soundalike’ Perform His Songs on ‘The Simpsons’

The Simpsons continues to draw the highest levels after being on the air for more than 30 years. Featuring the daily lives of Homer Simpson (Dan Castellaneta), his wife Marge (Julie Kavner), and their three children: Bart (Nancy Cartwright), Lisa (Yeardley Smith), and baby Maggie, the lively show is also hosted by bring many Guest Stars on a list.

When music icon Michael Jackson agreed to give his voice to the show, he let someone else take over when it came time to sing.

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Michael Jackson wanted to be on ‘The Simpsons’

Mike Reiss, writer and producer The Simpsons, recalled when Jackson reached out to show creator Matt Groening and asked to be on the show.

“The script was given to Al Jean and I, and we started with an outline,” Reiss recalled in his 2018 book The Mystery of Springfield: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a lifelong writing for The Simpsons. “Jackson read it, and made funny suggestions. It sets the scene where Bart tells the town that Michael Jackson is coming to visit, causing a stir. And it added to the scene where ‘Michael’ writes a song by Bart. ”

When Reiss met Jackson to go over the script, he got a chance to hear the musical legend perform.

“We asked Jackson, ‘Um, Michael … why are you doing this? He replied strongly, ‘It is a joke on my brothers. ‘”

Reiss ended his story with his own incident, writing, “Let me be the first to say: Michael Jackson was a strange man.”

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