‘Simpsons’ Composer Alf Clausen Says All 35 of His Musicians Have Been Fired by Show

Clausen says Fox animated series let him go via email after 27-year run

Last Updated: September 1, 2017 @ 3:48 PM

Alf Clausen is offering more details about his departure from “The Simpsons” after 27 years as composer for the Fox animated series.

A day after announcing that he had been fired from the show, Clausen took to Twitter on Thursday to answer some questions from fans.

When asked what will happen to the 35 musicians who performed in his orchestra for each episode, Clausen tweeted, “They have sadly been let go as well …”

Another fan wrote that Clausen was let go by the show via a phone call, leading the composer to correct the person by pointing out the actual form of communication that was used: “Email.”

“Simpsons” producers issued a statement Thursday saying that Clausen “will continue to have an ongoing role in the show,” although it is not yet clear what that entails.

Clausen has scored the show since Season 2, having nabbed two Emmy Awards for his work on the long-running series. He did not compose the theme music, which was written by Danny Elfman and is expected to still open the show when it returns for Season 29 on Oct. 1.

“Thank you for all of the support,” Clausen tweeted on Wednesday.

“The Simpsons” returns Sunday, Oct. 1, at 8/7c on Fox.