The composer of The Simpsons has been fired after 27 years of work, and fans are now expressing their outrage over the news.
Variety first reported that Clausen had been fired late on Wednesday, with the composer subsequently linking to the article on Twitter and confirming its accuracy. No official reason for the decision was made available, but Variety suggested it was probably to save money; Clausen used a 35-piece orchestra every week, and this cost millions of dollars.
But fans feel that The Simpsons will lose something without Clausen, especially if the show ditches the orchestra entirely.
To me, firing composer Alf Clausen from the Simpsons feels like someone unplugging the IV drip from a hospital patient; it keeps them going.
— Michael J. Ruocco (@AGuyWhoDraws) August 31, 2017
Alf Clausen was the undersung hero of THE SIMPSONS since Season 2. Convinced this is a budget cut and they're slowly shriveling to oblivion. https://t.co/1C7kGPf6IV
— Thomas Mariani (@NotTheWhosTommy) August 31, 2017
this news is gross and sad. just call it a day and cancel the show already. https://t.co/7kbWELNcQ5
— Corey Atad (@CoreyAtad) August 30, 2017
Damn, this sounds bad. Aff Clausen's music has been an integral part of The Simpsons' success since season one https://t.co/F6sJtiJabj
— Henry Gilbert (@hEnereyG) August 30, 2017
Alf Clausen is as important to that show as some cast members, so the decision, like the daily decision to let the show live, is appalling.
— Kaleb Horton (@kalebhorton) August 30, 2017
I normally don't get emotional about business decisions like this, but HOLY HELL, end of a true dynastyhttps://t.co/rggo4m4tx2
— Austin Wintory (@awintory) August 30, 2017
Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy and fan of The Simpsons himself, expressed the same sentiment, saying he really hopes the orchestra is kept around.
Sad news of Alf Clausen. He reinvented the sound of prime-time animation. I hope The Simpsons keeps the orchestra. Big part of a great show.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) August 31, 2017
Fans were also not happy with the way that Clausen was fired. According to Variety’s report, he suddenly received a call from a Simpsons producer saying that Fox wants a “different kind of music,” and that was that.
This fucking stinks. 28 series. Not one cue re-used. 50 people (orchestra of 35 + others) given a week's notice.https://t.co/Ovvy18KuAI
— Jason Hazeley (@JasonHazeley) August 30, 2017
“Twenty-seven years,” Reddit user NextChamp wrote. “The man worked with this show for 27 years. Made countless pieces of music for the show. And help co-write some of the best songs we will love to this day. And what did he get for almost thirty years of hard work? A simple phone call telling him he’s done. What a slap to the face. F*** this show.”
Over on /r/TheSimpsons, a subreddit for Simpsons fans, the most popular image of the day was a meme suggesting that those at Fox are out of touch with what’s wrong with the series.
And those who were not actively outraged about the firing were just sad about it.