Yes, Michael Jackson really was on 'The Simpsons'

Yes, Michael Jackson really was on 'The Simpsons'

In the classic 1991 Simpsons episode Stark Raving Dad, Homer ends up in a mental institution after he lets Bart fill in a psychiatric quiz for him. But for years, fans of The Simpsons weren't sure if Michael Jackson really voiced the character or if it was all some kind of prank. Groening also added Jackson seemed to get a kick out of the performer and said Jackson giggled watching the impersonator recreating his voice for the segment, which you can check out, below.

But that didn't prevent producers and staff members from talking about Jackson's guest appearance, though it wasn't officially confirmed by the show's creator until recently. And while there, he meets one of the show's most memorable one-off characters: Leon Kompowsky, a big fat white guy who thinks he is Michael Jackson.

"Michael Jackson? No way", Bart said.

"[Writer/producer] Jim [L. Brooks] said: 'After Michael Jackson, that's it, if people wanna do the show we've gotta use their name, ' because it was so hard to publicize it without saying it was him", Jean said.

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It would be natural to assume that Jackson would do the singing for the part, too.

"I'm Michael Jackson", he said.

"So when it came time to sing the songs, he had a soundalike singer". It's nice to have my childhood suspicions confirmed.

Rumors that the actor behind Kompowsky wasn't actually Jackson persisted for years because of that pseudonym, and Jackson's involvement was muddled further by a birthday song performed for Lisa - "Happy Birthday, Lisa" - that was actually performed by imitator Kipp Lennon. He calls the Simpson residence and speaks to a skeptical Bart (Nancy Cartwright), who asks him to list his last four dates to the Grammys.

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