Springfield’s worst kept secret is soon to be revealed as fan favourite Waylon Smithers will finally come out and admit he is gay.
After 27 seasons of unrequited love, the long suffering assistant to the man who once stole Christmas is to tell his boss Mr Burns about his sexuality.
According to Simpsons executive producer Al Jean, everyone “In Springfield now know he’s gay, but obviously, Burns doesn’t."
“We deal with that in two episodes. We actually do a lot with Smithers this year; he gets fed up with Burns not appreciating him and considers his options,” he told US magazine TVLine.
Fans breathed a sigh of relief earlier this year when it was confirmed that Smithers would not be leaving The Simpsons – after the character’s voice actor signed a last-minute deal to return to the animated show.
Harry Shearer, who voices a number of iconic characters on the animated show, previously confirmed his plans to leave after 26 seasons on the show, following the breakdown of contract negotiations in May.
Mr Smithers’ sexuality and devotion to Mr Burns has long been a source of comedy on the show, and he has made a number of lists as one of the most famous gay TV characters.
His ‘coming out’ will not be a first for the long running series as, famously, Marge’s sister Patty came out as a lesbian in 2004, while Duffman was also outed as gay in 2008.