It has been the worst kept secret in TV, but “The Simpsons” character Smithers will finally come out as gay this season. The animated character will come out to his boss, Mr. Burns, and, officially, to viewers in a two-episode arc on the show’s 27th season, according to a report by CNN on Monday. Smithers is the longtime assistant to billionaire Montgomery Burns.
Viewers of “The Simpsons” aren’t at all surprised that the character is gay. Smithers , who is voiced by Harry Shearer, hangs out in a gay part of Springfield, has vacationed at an all-male resort, and has long had a thing for his boss Mr. Burns. In fact, last season’s episode “The Princess Guides” showed Smithers daydreaming about Mr. Burns coming out to him.
“The Simpsons” executive producer Al Jean told TV Line that while most people in Springfield know Smithers is gay, Mr. Burns doesn’t. “We actually do a lot with Smithers this year; he gets fed up with Burns not appreciating him and considers his options,“ Jean teased.
The new season of “The Simpsons” kicked off with a controversial episode, with Homer and Marge Simpson splitting up and Homer having a fling with a pharmacist, but the storyline turned out to be a dream. Because there was so much buzz about the episode ahead of the premiere, fans had mixed reaction to the dream twist, so it’s likely that storyline about “The Simpsons” character coming out as gay will be the real deal and not a fantasy sequence.
There is no word when or how “The Simpsons” character Smithers will tell his boss he is gay, but expect a two-parter sometime in Season 27. “The Simpsons” airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on Fox.