Michael Jackson WAS in The Simpsons!
By Bryan Durham - September 2, 2018
Way back in 1991, Michael Jackson was supposed to have had a special appearance and recorded for an episode of The Simpsons. Ending a long-running speculation (did the King Of Pop actually record for it or was a soundalike used?) about the voice of the character Leon Kompowsky, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening has spoken about the matter.
The guest appearance happened in Season 3’s ‘Stark Raving Dad’ episode. The one where Homer meets Leon, a fellow patient at a mental institution.
At the time, MJ was uncredited, with a placeholder name ‘John Jay Smith’ filling in. But while Jackson did voice the character, the famous ‘Happy Birthday Lisa’ song was sung by a sound-alike named Kipp Lennon.
Groening spoke about the cameo during an interview with The Weekly With Charlie Pickering, saying it was MJ who wanted a guest role. He said, “He didn’t want credit for – or there was some kind of deal with his record company or whatever – so when it came time to sing the songs, he had a sound-a-like singer,” he said. “He stood there and watched the guy, who was so nervous who had to sound like Michael Jackson, and then he giggled.”>