Variety is reporting that the two-time Emmy winner Alf Clausen has been fired from The Simpsons after 27 years of providing music for the long-running series. Clausen told Variety that he received a call from The Simpsons producer Richard Sakai to inform him that the company was seeking “a different kind of music,” and that he would no longer be scoring the longtime Fox hit.
Clausen’s final complete score for the series was for the season finale of Season 28, which aired last May. The season premiere is scheduled to hit the small screen on October 1st, but it is unknown who will be scoring that episode. It is also unknown what the “different kind of music” that show producers are looking for.
Variety speculates that Clausen’s firing is motivated by efforts to cut costs. He used a 35-piece orchestra on every episode which, considering the price of musicians, recording studios, and orchestration, doesn’t come cheap.
What are your thoughts on the firing? Was it the right move? Do you even watch The Simpsons anymore?