Russi Taylor, recurring voice actress for The Simpsons, died yesterday, July 26th, at the age of 75. As of now, the cause of her death is unrevealed.
Taylor voiced Martin Prince, Sherri and Terri and Üter Zörker in The Simpsons, among many other characters. She was credited for 190 episodes before her death. Outside of The Simpsons, Taylor was the voice of Minnie Mouse.
It is currently unknown if Taylor has recorded for any season 31 episodes or what, if anything, will happen to her characters. In the past, characters have been retired from the show when their voice actors died.
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Comic book legend Stan Lee died today, aged 95. Stan Lee was best known as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. He also cameoed in many Marvel Comics films.
Stan Lee has had multiple guest appearances in the show, each time as himself, in the season 13 episode “I Am Furious (Yellow)“, the season 25 episode “Married to the Blob” and the season 28 episode “The Caper Chase“.
The Simpsons showrunner and executive producer Al Jean has confirmed that Apu Nahasapeemapetilon isn’t going anywhere and the show is keeping the character.
Apu drew a lot of criticism recently when last year, comedian Hari Kondabolu released a documentary, The Problem with Apu, going over the problems with Apu and the negative stereotypes he brought with him. After this, television producer Adi Shankar started a script contest which he hoped would be made into an episode of The Simpsons to subvert Apu’s tropes and write him out in a clever way or evolve him as a character. Then, in late October, Shankar told IndieWire in an article that he had heard from multiple sources that Apu was being dropped altogether. Other articles then incorrectly referred to Shankar as a producer for The Simpsons, resulting in Al Jean stating on Twitter that Shankar was not a producer for the show.
On November 1st, 2018, Al Jean shared a link to an article by The Guardian by Indian-American writer Bhaskar Sunkara. The article spoke about the positive aspects of Apu and his influence on people.
In the replies to the tweet, Al Jean confirmed that Apu isn’t going anywhere.
Kidrobot have recently released new Simpsons figures! The Moe’s Tavern Mini Figure Series features patrons (and the Love Tester) of Moe’s Tavern. Each blind box costs $9.99.
The Simpsons CRAP-TACULAR! Keychain Series features 18 different keyrings. If you collect all eighteen before the season 30 premiere and send a photo of them to Kidrobot, you will get “something crap-tacular”. Each blind box costs $5.99.
Kidrobot has been releasing Simpsons figures since 2008. See our article for all their figures.
Bongo Comics series Simpsons Comics is to come to an end after 245 issues.
The 245th issue will be released in October 2018. Over recent years, multiple series from Bongo Comics have been discontinued, or reduced to a limited release on the Simpsons Store app. The future of Bongo Comics itself is also not known, with most series from them on hiatus or cancelled.
It is currently unknown if there will be a successor to Simpsons Comics or nor.
American author and journalist Tom Wolfe died yesterday, May 14th, aged 87.
Tom Wolfe guest starred as himself in the season 18 episode “Moe’N’a Lisa“. He died in Manhattan on May 14th from unknown causes.
Krispy Kreme have released a The Simpsons themed donut, based on the donuts Homer eats in the show.
The Simpsons D’ohnut is a a doughnut that is currently only available in Australia. It is a glazed doughnut dipped in white chocolate truffle with strawberry flavoring and rainbow sprinkles.
There is no known release outside of Australia as of yet.
You can buy the doughnuts from their website.
World renowned physicist and The Simpsons guest star Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76.
Stephen Hawking made several appearances on the show, voicing himself via his voice synthesizer. He also made an appearance in The Simpsons: Tapped Out as a playable character.
In 1963, Hawking was only given a few years to live due to his amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which gradually paralyzed him over years and could only communicate via a voice synthesizer. He passed away peacefully in his home in Cambridge on March 14th.
Hawking first guest starred on the show in the season 10 episode “They Saved Lisa’s Brain“. His daughter, Lucy Hawking, knew one of the scriptwriters for The Simpsons who was interested in writing an episode involving Stephen Hawking, and she convinced him to guest star.
Disney have announced that they plan to buy a majority of 21st Century Fox‘s assets. A press release today confirmed that Disney would acquire 21st Century Fox for approximately $52.4 billion in stock. Among these acquisitions are the X-Men, Avatar and The Simpsons.
It is currently unknown what impact, if any, this deal will have on The Simpsons.
The Simpsons “predicted” this in the 1998 episode “When You Dish Upon a Star“. A sign outside the Fox Studios (pictured) said “20th Century Fox: A Division of Wald Disney Co”.
We’ll update with more information as the story develops and as we learn more about what this will mean for the future of the show.