Michael Jackson: 'The Simpsons' to re-air 'Do the Bartman' video in tribute on Sunday
The Simpsons will re-air the music video for “Do the Bartman” and show a title card in memory of Michael Jackson before Sunday’s episode at 8 p.m. on Fox, EW.com has learned. The 1990 pop-rap hit was co-written by Jackson without credit. A fan of the animated comedy, the pop sensation—who passed away on Thursday—told executive producer James L. Brooks that he wanted to write a No. 1 song for Bart. (Featured on the album The Simpsons Sing The Blues, “Do the Bartman” was never released as a single in America, but it reached No. 1 in the UK, while the Brad Bird-directed video enjoyed heavy rotation on MTV. ) Jackson’s other Simpsons wish came true when he guest-starred in the season 3 opener “Stark Raving Dad” as an oversized mental patient; this time, he was credited as John Jay Smith. Alas, syndication rights issues weren’t resolved in time for that episode to be rebroadcast on Sunday.