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The script from the Prince ‘Simpsons’ episode that never was

So close yet so far.


Audra Schroeder


Published Apr 24, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 9:44 pm CDT

Simpsons fans never got to see the mythical Prince episode of the show, but now we can at least see the script. 

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On Saturday, showrunner and producer Al Jean tweeted out the script for the unproduced episode, which was proposed for season 5 and allegedly rewritten by Conan O’Brien. The storyline finds Lisa attempting to win tickets to a Prince concert as a spider threatens to disconnect the call, and Selma telling Prince what a big fan she is. 

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However, Prince apparently had some objections to the script, and the episode was scrapped, though it’s not clear why.  

Prince did appear in references throughout the years, but never actually voiced a character. In season 20’s “Treehouse of Horror” episode, Homer murders Prince with his own guitar. 

H/T Vulture 

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*First Published: Apr 24, 2016, 3:36 pm CDT