Al Jean, the executive producer of The Simpsons, released a statement saying that Marge and Homer will be “legally separating” in the upcoming 27th season starting this fall.


In the 26 seasons of the series, Marge and Homer had their issues, but it never led the couple to legally separate!

“In the premiere, it’s discovered after all the years Homer has narcolepsy and it’s an incredible strain on the marriage,” Jean told Variety. After the couple legally separate, Homer falls in love with his pharmacist, who’s voiced by Lena Dunham.

Jean did not mention how long the separation would last, but he did give some hints on what’s to come in the new season, including new guest stars, and Homer voting in the upcoming 2016 elections.

“We’re definitely going to have Homer vote in 2016. One aspect of the pickup that made me happy is that Homer can vote again. He voted for Romney in 2012 because he invented Obamacare. He tried to vote for Obama in 2008 but all his votes went to McCain,” he said.

Alongside Dunham, who stars in the HBO hit-series Girls, Kate McKinnon and Natalie Maines will also be guest starring in the next season.

Jean added that his wish list for guest stars were Neil Armstrong and J.D. Salinger, both of whom are dead. He would like Sandy Koufax, retired Major League Baseball player, to guest star in the show.

It was also confirmed that Sideshow Bob will finally kill Bart Simpson in the 27th season for its annual “Treehouse of Horror” episode. Don’t worry though, “Treehouse of Horror” is not “canon” in the show, meaning Bart will only be dead for that episode. Jean also revealed to Entertainment Weekly that Kelsey Grammer will return to voice Sideshow Bob for the annual Halloween episode.

The Simpsons is scheduled to return to Fox on Sept. 27.

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