January 31, 2012
Julian Assange to guest star in 'The Simpsons' 500th episode
The WikiLeaks founder is billed as the 'new Ned Flanders'
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is to make a guest appearance in The Simpsons' 500th episode.
The notorious whistleblower recorded his lines in a secret location and did not meet with producers because of his house arrest legal status in the US. He is currently scheduled to appear at the Surpeme Court on Wednesday to appeal extradition Sweden over alleged sex crimes.
The episode, due to air in the US on February 19, sees Homer and Marge will attempt to go "off the grid" after discovering that the Springfield citizens want to have them removed from the town and are holding secret town hall meetings without them. While on the run, they will bump into Assange, who is billed as their "new Ned Flanders".
According to Entertainment Weekly, Simpsons executive producer Al Jean admitted that there had been "discussion internally" over whether to use Assange and said his cameo was “satirical” and does not have the potential to alter his legal situation.
Assange was sought out by casting director Bonnie Pietila after Simpsons creator Matt Groening heard reports that the political activist was interested in appearing on the show
Jean also promised that there will be several more "much less controversial" celebrity guest cameos in the 500th episode.
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