The Simpsons' Matt Groening has confirmed Apu Nahasapeemapetilon won't be written out of the show.
Speaking at the D23 Expo this weekend, the creator of the FOX series confirmed that Apu will remain in the show, despite a race controversy highlighted in the 2017 documentary The Problem With Apu, in which lifelong Simpsons fan and comedian Hari Kondabolu presented the case that the character, voiced by Hank Azaria, is racially problematic.
"Yes [he will stay on the show]," Groening said (via Variety). "We love Apu. We're proud of Apu."
The Simpsons previously made an attempt to address the controversy in 2018.
During an episode titled 'No Good Read Goes Unpunished', Marge read Lisa her "favourite book ever" while making sure the old stereotypes used were updated to make it less offensive.
In response, Lisa replied: "Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect.
"What can you do?"
There were also reports in 2018 that the character would be axed – a rumour The Simpsons producer Al Jean also previously dismissed.
So it seems, for now, Apu is staying in Springfield.
The Simpsons airs on FOX in the US, and on Sky One in the UK.
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