Homer is going to answer fans’ questions on a live version of The Simpsons
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You’ve heard of soaps doing special live episodes but now The Simpsons is set to be the first animated series to be broadcast live.

Homer Simpson will be answering fans’ questions during a three-minute live Q&A session at the end of the upcoming episode in the US, TV channel Fox has announced.

In a statement Fox, which recently broadcast the musical Grease live!, said: “After 27 seasons and for the first time ever, Homer Simpson will appear live during an all-new episode of The Simpsons.

“During the episode, Marge, Lisa and Bart will turn the show over to Homer who will take a break from stuffing his face to comment on the events of the day live during both the East Coast and West Coast broadcasts.”

Dan Castellaneta, who voices Homer, will improvise on things he “could only be saying live on the day” to specially designed animations which will take months to prepare, showrunner Al Jean told The Hollywood Reporter.

 

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Jean said: “As far as I know, this is the first time that’s been done by any animated show.

“And Dan is a great improviser.”

Viewers can tweet their questions using the hashtag #HomerLive between Sunday, May 1, and Wednesday, May 4, ahead of the episode on Sunday, May 15.