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‘Simpsons’ Producers Say Fired Composer Alf Clausen Will Still Have ‘Ongoing Role’

Clausen said Wednesday he was let go after 27 years with the Fox series

Producers of “The Simpsons” are weighing in on Alf Clausen’s announcement yesterday that he was fired after 27 years as the Fox series’ composer.

“We tremendously value Alf Clausen’s contributions to ‘The Simpsons,’ and he will continue to have an ongoing role in the show,” the producers’ statement read. “We remain committed to the finest in music for ‘The Simpsons,’ absolutely including orchestral.”

“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,” the statement continued.

Clausen has scored “The Simpsons” since Season 2 and has earned two Emmy Awards for his work on the animated series. He did not compose the theme music, which was penned 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. “Unfortunately, the news is true …”

“The Simpsons” returns Sunday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.