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The Simpsons producer responds to claims Apu is leaving

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One of the original writers of The Simpsons has responded to claims that Apu will be written out of the show.

Last week, producer and Youtuber Adi Shankar claimed that The Simpsons plans to “drop the Apu character altogether”.

But Al Jean, who is an executive producer, has responded on Twitter saying that Adi Shankar “does not speak for our show”.

Apu has become controversial recently, with some people arguing that he is an Indian stereotype.

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Image caption Apu is voiced by Hank Azaria, who has previously said he’d be willing to “step aside” from the role

Adi Shankar, who is a producer on the Netflix show Castlevania, told IndieWire that he’d been told Apu’s days on the show were numbered.

He claimed to have got the news from two people who work on the show and a third person who works with Simpsons creator Matt Groening.

Simpsons executive producer Al Jean, who has been there since the show started way back in 1989, tweeted: “Adi Shankar is not a producer on the Simpsons. I wish him the very best but he does not speak for our show.”

Al Jean didn’t say whether or not Apu would be staying in the show or not.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-46017390

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