Former ‘Simpsons’ Composer Alf Clausen Sues Over Wrongful Termination
Just when you though entertainment industry lawsuits were taking a breather after Katy Perry’s $2.8M penalty for copyright infringement, another one officially made news on Monday. Alf Clausen, the longtime composer for one of the first and most iconic adult cartoon shows on television, The Simpsons, just filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Fox and the show, claiming that he was dismissed because of his age and disability.
According to Variety, Clausen was let go from the show in 2017, when he received a call from Simpsons producer Richard Saki, who stated that he was seeking “different kind of music” for the show.
In the new lawsuit, which was filed on Monday, Clausen stated “this reason was pretextual and false. Instead, Plaintiff’s unlawful termination was due to perceived disability and age.” The defendants of this new suit are Fox, James L. Brooks’ Gracie Films, and The Simpsons new corporate owner, Disney.
In the 27 year period that Clausen was a part of The Simpsons, he scored 560 episodes, conducted a 35-piece orchestra, and composed songs, cues, and innumerable variations of Danny Elfman’s well recognized “Simpsons” theme. He was nominated for 23 Emmy Awards for his work and won two awards.
After his departure in 2017, Clausen’s music was replaced by Bleeding Fingers Music, a music production company co-founded by Russell Emanuel, Hans Zimmer, and Steve Kofsky.
Additionally in the suit, it was mentioned that Clausen’s replacement was “substantially younger in age, who was not only paid less, but was not disabled.”
It was not mentioned what exactly Clausen’s disability is. However, this is only the beginning of what could a very gruesome lawsuit for one of pop cultures most oldest and beloved television shows.