‘Times have changed’: Homer says he no longer chokes Bart on ‘The Simpsons’
(Gray News) – A long-running gag between Homer and Bart Simpson will no longer take place in “The Simpsons.”
Since the show premiered in 1989, the classic scene would play out after Homer yelled “Why you little!” before wrapping his hands tightly around his son’s neck. This caused Bart’s tongue to pop out of his mouth and his eyes to bulge as he gasped for air.
Despite being one of the most recognizable scenes from the animated show, Homer seems to have had a change of heart towards his son.
In an Oct. 22 episode of the show called “McMansion & Wife,” Homer and his wife Marge meet their new neighbor.
The neighbor comments on Homer’s strong handshake.
In an aside to Marge, Homer remarks, “See, Marge, strangling the boy paid off.”
He then adds, “Just kidding, I don’t do that anymore. Times have changed.”
The scene caught the attention of the internet and was posted to social media sites including X, formerly known as Twitter.
The Independent reported that the show actually hasn’t featured the long-running gag for four years although it was never addressed in the show until now.
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