The Simpsons Spoilers: EP Explains Why Krusty’s Father Was Killed Off

Yesterday’s Simpsons premiere featured the death of Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky (voiced by Jackie Mason).

In a recent interview with, the show’s executive producer Al Jean discussed the decision to lose a character.

“I just thought it would be a good story about someone who’s had a tough relationship with his father — having Krusty’s father die without him ever getting that warmth or connection he really wanted, then finally finding it in a surprising way,” Jean said. “If we could get a sweet moment out of that, that’s all we wanted. We didn’t want a crazy death, or anything shocking, just true human emotion.”

Jean continued by discussing the impact the death would have on Krusty.

“One of the reasons Krusty’s been such a loose cannon is because his father disapproved of him, and he never felt like he got that sort of love that he wanted,” Jean said. “He might have a little more confidence now that he has that. … A little more.”



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