The Simpsons fires musical composer Alf Clausen after 27 years

The Simpsons might sound a little different when the Fox cartoon returns for Season 29 this fall.

Alf Clausen, who's served as The Simpsons' musical composer for 27 years, has been fired, according to our sister site Variety. Clausen tells Variety he received a call from producer Richard Sakai, who told him the show was looking for "a different kind of music." (Fox hasn't officially commented on the firing.)

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Clausen has been composing music for The Simpsons since 1990, making his debut in Season 2's first-ever "Treehouse of Terror." Virtually ever song and piece of music heard on The Simpsons since then is Clausen's work, from background instrumentals to memorable songs like Season 5's "Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart?" Season 6's "We Do (The Stonecutters Song)" and the soundtrack to Troy McClure's Planet of the Apes musical in Season 8. (Clausen won a pair of Emmys in 1997 and 1998 for his Simpsons musical compositions.)

So why fire Clausen now? It's speculated that the move may be part of a larger cost-cutting effort at The Simpsons. (Clausen did use a 35-piece orchestra to perform the score for each Simpsonsepisode.) But don't worry: The iconic Simpsons theme song should be staying put. That was composed by Danny Elfman, not Clausen.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 24: Composer Alf Clausen attends the 2016 ASCAP Screen Music Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 24, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 09: Composer Alf Clausen (L) and wife Sally Clausen attends the 30th Annual ASCAP Film & Television Music Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 25: Alf Clausen attends the 29th annual ASCAP Film & Television Music Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 25, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
Alf Clausen, composer during American Film Market - Music in Movies Press Conference at Le Merigot Hotel in Santa Monica, California, United States. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/WireImage for The Lippin Group)
Alf Clausen and wife Sally (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage for ASCAP)
Alf Clausen, composer, Bob Townsend, President Varese Sarabande Records, Reggie Wilson, Joel McNeely and Dennis Dreith, composer (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/WireImage for The Lippin Group)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 23: Composer Alf Clausen attends the 26th annual ASCAP Film & Television Music Awards at The Beverly Hilton hotel on June 23, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
Composer Shirley Walker, Emmy Nominees Laura Karpman,'Odyssey 5' Alf Clausen 'The Simpsons' (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
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