NDSU Alum and Award-Winning Composer, Alf Clausen, Fired From ‘The Simpsons’
Alf Clausen, who grew up in Jamestown, ND before attending North Dakota State University, has been fired after 27 years of working on 'The Simpsons.'
'The Simpsons' producer, Richard Sakai, reportedly told Clausen they were looking for a "different kind of music." The firing comes as a shock, given Clausen had been working on the show for just a shade under three decades.
The musical contribution made to the show by Clausen was incredible over his tenure. He's responsible for creating all music on the show after Season 4. In total, Clausen accumulated over 20 Emmy nominations, with two wins in 1997 and 1998 for Outstanding Composition.
Some of his most famous songs receiving Emmy nominations include "Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart?", "Senor Burns", "We Put the Spring in Springfield", "Ode to Branson", and "Everybody Hates Ned Flanders" among several others. His 35-piece orchestra was used throughout his time on the show. The theme song, which was created by Danny Elfman, is expected to be retained by 'The Simpsons,'
Prior to his long music career, Alf Clausen was originally born in Minneapolis, MN before moving to Jamestown, ND, where he would grow up. He attended North Dakota State University and went on to also study at the University of Wisconsin and Boston's Berklee College of Music.
In the 1980s, he composed music for several TV series, including 'Moonlighting' and 'ALF.' He also contributed music for movies such as "Airplane II: The Sequel", "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", "Mr. Mom", and "Splash."
Many took to Twitter to voice their displeasure with the news of the firing.
Clausen also took to Twitter to confirm the news.
As unfortunate as this news is for Alf Clausen, and 'The Simpsons' in general, let's leave you with some of his best work on the show.