The creator of the hit animated show "The Simpsons" Matt Groening confirmed a fan theory and admitted that fans weren't just hearing things when they recognized a familiar voice in a 1991 episode of the show. The episode involved a patient at a mental institution which many fans pointed out as sounding like Michael Jackson.
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The episode was titled "Stark Raving Dad" and Groening has now confirmed that the psychiatric patient who called the Simpson's home and introduced himself as the pop star was indeed voiced by Michael Jackson. "Hello? Who is this?" Jackson's character asks when Homer Simpson’s son, Bart answers the phone.
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"I’m Bart Simpson, who the hell are you?" replies Bart. "I’m Michael Jackson," he said. "Michael Jackson? No way," Bart answers. The patient was portrayed in the cartoon as a tall, balding man that ironically looked nothing like Jackson. That didn't stop fans from picking up on the similarity of the character's voice to the "King of Pop's".
Fan's debated the voice's authenticity for over two decades since the credit for the character in question read "John Jay Smith." Producers and staff members would go on to mention Jackson's guest appearance but it wasn't officially confirmed by the show's creator until now. "We really did have him," Groening confirmed in an interview with an Australian TV show called "The Weekly."
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Groening told viewers of the show that Jackson personally called him to get a part on the show but he hung up thinking it was a prank caller. "He has the voice of someone doing a Michael Jackson bit," Groening said. It wasn't until later that the show's producer realized it wasn't a prank caller at all and was actually the King of Pop.
"He did the show, he didn’t want credit for it — it was some kind of deal with his record company or whatever. So when it came time to sing the songs, he had a soundalike singer. And he stood there and watched the guy who was so nervous, who had to sound like Michael Jackson," Groening said.
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