After 27 seasons of The Simpsons, Mr Smithers is finally going to come out of the closet!

While the news that Mr Smithers is gay will not come as a shock for most, there is one person who didn’t see it coming – the man closest to him and the obvious object of his desire, Mr Burns.

Simpsons executive producer Al Jean confirmed Smithers’ coming out in an interview with while discussing the upcoming season.

“In Springfield now, most people know he’s gay, but obviously Burns doesn’t,” Jean notes. “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.”

The Simpsons have previously dedicated many episodes to LGBT themes and characters including Marge’s sister Patty Bouvier who came out back in 2004.

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