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

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

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.



Latest news

United Nations rights chief decries Trump's 'demonization' of media
At a campaign-style rally last week in Phoenix, Trump said journalists are "truly dishonest people" for criticizing his reaction to the violence.

World equities rebound from North Korea-fuelled losses
Oil prices slid Wednesday on fears of a long-term shutdown of refining capacity in the oil-rich Gulf Coast region due to Harvey. MSCI's world index, which tracks shares in 46 countries, was 0.07 percent higher.

Stock Price Analysis of Enbridge Energy Partners, LP (EEP)
Virginia Retirement Systems ET AL boosted its position in shares of Enbridge Energy Management by 1.9% in the second quarter. It dived, as 35 investors sold EEP shares while 74 reduced holdings. 14 funds opened positions while 75 raised stakes.

Roger Federer struggles through first round at US Open
Federer , who is aiming for his sixth US Open title, will next meet either Russia's Mikhail Youzhny or Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia. Nadal will face Japan's Taro Daniel or American Tommy Paul next in the second round of the grand slam .

Notable Runner: Spirit Realty Capital, Inc. (SRC)
Schroder Invest Mgmt Group Inc Incorporated stated it has 0% of its portfolio in Spirit Realty Capital, Inc (New) (NYSE:SRC). On Friday, June 2 JOSEPH PHILLIP D JR bought $50,049 worth of Spirit Realty Capital, Inc (New) (NYSE:SRC) or 6,700 shares.

Other news