'Simpsons' composer Alf Clausen fired after 27 years on the show

Alf Clausen attends the 30th Annual ASCAP Film & Television Music Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel

Variety reports that two-time Emmy victor Alf Clausen has been fired as the music composer after 27 years on the show. Clausen detailed the events that transpired, explaining that he received a call from Simpsons producer Richard Sakai.

According to Screen Rant, Clausen had been the show's sole composer since Season 2 back in 1990. He won two Emmys for his work on The Simpsons, and was nominated for the show another 21 times.

Clausen stands as one of the most respected composers working in animation, having earned a whopping 23 Emmy nominations - winning twice - for his contributions to The Simpsons.


Rumours of cost-cutting have plagued the show for the last few years, despite it still being a profit generator for Fox. It is unknown whether his work will be heard on the upcoming season that begins October 1.

A spokesperson for The Simpsons declined to comment on Clausen's dismissal. He said he was told that the company was seeking "a different kind of music" and that Clausen would no longer be scoring the landmark series. Despite his long-standing association with the show, he wasn't responsible for the opening theme (it's composed by Danny Elfman), nor was he hired to do the score for The Simpsons Movie (the job went to Hans Zimmer).

It is unclear at this point if the 35-piece orchestra that Clausen used for each episode will be retained. He's also credited for his work on classic films such as Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Including costs of musicians, recording studios, and orchestration, expenses routinely run into the millions of dollars per year.

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