Julian Assange to guest on 'The Simpsons'
February 1st, 2012
11:12 AM ET

Julian Assange to guest on 'The Simpsons'

Although he's been under house arrest in Britain, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will nevertheless have a cameo in an upcoming episode of "The Simpsons."

The controversial figure will voice the "Simpson-ized" version of himself in the 500th episode of the long-running series, which will air February 19.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Assange will serve as a sort of "new Flanders" for the animated family after they "go off the grid" once Marge and Homer learn that Springfield's residents have been holding secret meetings to try to kick them out of town.

There was a rumor floating around that Assange had been interested in a "Simpsons" guest spot, and after creator Matt Groening caught wind of it, he asked casting director Bonnie Pietila to track him down - "and she did," Groening told EW.

Assange managed to record his guest spot at an unknown location as executive producer Al Jean directed him from Los Angeles.

"He's a controversial figure," Jean admits, "and there's a good reason he's controversial. There was discussion internally about whether or not to have him on the show, but ultimately we went ahead and did it."

As Assange prepares to appeal extradition to Sweden this week in connection to allegations of sexual assault, Jean notes that "The Simpsons" steers clear of "anything to do with the legal situation he's in...We wanted to make sure it was satirical, and he was willing to do that."

Filed under: television • The Simpsons

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  1. Sokman

    Should have had Hulk Hogan on Simpsons & Assange on American Dad

    February 1, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sharky

    I just lost respect for Groenig

    February 1, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pliny

    In related news....WIKILEAKS publishes the scripts for the next 500 episodes of the Simpsons.

    February 1, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Stephen

    This seems more like something family guy would do. But this is the 500th (wow) episode so I suppose you go big or you lose relevancy.

    February 1, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ?

    They should have him rope a groupie then try and destroy America by telling people the truth about the empire.

    February 1, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |

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