That Was It? 'Simpsons' Viewers React to Character Death

The Simpsons Krusty the Clown - H 2014
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The Simpsons Krusty the Clown - H 2014

[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the season-26 premiere of Fox's The Simpsons, "Clown in the Dumps."]

After months of hints and speculation, The Simpsons viewers finally learned who bit the dust on Sunday night's episode.

It turned out to be Krusty the Clown's father, Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky (voiced by Emmy-winner Jackie Mason), who died in the season-26 premiere.

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"It was something that we did not plan in any way as a possible event," executive produer Al Jean told The Hollywood Reporter about the storyline. "I had suggested that we do an episode where Krusty's father passes away and the last word he says to Krusty is, 'eh.' I thought it would be funny and sad to deal with that being the last thing your father says to you."

The reveal came nearly a year after the death was first revealed and after a build-up of epic proportions in which Krusty and Homer were both positioned as possibilities.

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But following the episode's airing, a quick and informal survey of social media reaction suggested that viewers were let down with the big reveal. A roundup of some reactions posted on Twitter and The Hollywood Reporter's Facebook page:

?Jason Goretski (via Facebook):
Krusty's dad .... Lame worst episode ever! Lol?

???Nate Genton (via Facebook):
I was more upset when Frank Grimes died. And he was only on one episode.?

???Roberto Tavecchia (via Facebook):
"Major character." Pfff.?