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Fans Of The Simpsons Are Not Going To Like This News

The bloke responsible for doing the music for Mr. Burns' See My Vest and the Monorail Song, Alf Clausen, has been let go from The Simpsons.

Clausen told Variety he received a call from producer Richard Sakai that The Simpsons were seeking “a different kind of music” and that he would no longer be scoring the show.

Alf Clausen, who had scored more than 560 episodes and believed to be the most-nominated composeer in Emmy Award history, confirmed his firing via Twitter.

On Friday, producers for The Simpsons issued a statement to Variety in the wake of the criticism, stressing that Clausen will continue to contribute to the series: "We tremendously value Alf Clausen's contributions to The Simpsons and he will continue to have an ongoing role in the show.

"We remain committed to the finest in music for The Simpsons, absolutely including orchestral."

The statement concluded: "This is the part where we would make a joke but neither Alf's work nor the music of The Simpsons is treated as anything but seriously by us."

His dismissal is rumoured to involve cost-cutting measures, despite the show's massive profits for Fox and executive producer James L. Brooks’ Gracie Films.

It's reported that every week, Clausen used a 35-piece orchestra — something that “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening insisted upon from the start of the show.

While the theme song, by Danny Elfman, is expected to be retained, the aural feel of The Simpsons has been defined by Clausen.

Essentially, Clausen has had something to do with nearly every classic music moment of The Simpsons.

Fox has not commented.

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