Executive Producer Al Jean hints the voice actor won an 'Emmy' for the role

The Simpsons writers are set to kill off a major character, according to the show’s executive producer Al Jean.

Recently, Jean told assembled reporters during a recent conference call that the writers are “working on a script where a character will pass away”. He has now added more information on the mystery death in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

He told the US website that the episode will be produced this year and “may air in season 26”. He also hinted that “the actor playing the character won an Emmy” for the role. However, he stopped short of revealing which beloved character was for the axe.

Meanwhile, the stars of Futurama are to join The Simpsons for a crossover episode. The episode’s plot will apparently pit Futurama‘s ill-tempered Bender against the ever mischievous Bart Simpson. The episode will be scripted by J Stewart Burns, who has written for both shows in the past.

The crossover episode is due to be recorded next month (August) and will air on US network Fox either as The Simpsons‘ season 25 finale in May 2014 or as the show’s season 26 premiere that autumn. It could mark the last time fans get to see the stars of Futurama as the show has recently been axed by its network Comedy Central and the very final episode is set to air on September 4.

The Simpsons are also preparing to welcome the stars of Family Guy to Springfield in a special episode set to air in autumn 2014.