‘Simpsons’ Season Premiere has Coincidental Arnold Palmer Joke

By: Jon Corrigan

Sunday’s season 28 premiere of The Simpsons featured an Arnold Palmer reference – coming just hours after the golf legend died at 87.

As Entertainment Weekly reports, the timing was coincidental, seeing as the episode was produced months in advance and the reference could not be pulled in time.

The “joke” was innocuous, focusing on the golfer’s famous hybrid lemonade and iced tea beverage.

Palmer, nicknamed “The King,” died in Pittsburgh of complications from heart problems.

Simpsons showrunner Al Jean tweeted his condolences on Sunday night, saying, ““[very, very] sorry to learn of death of Arnold Palmer what a giant.”

Jean also responded to a fan asking if the reference would be cut from the West Coast airing, saying, “I wish I could but it’s too late.”

Watch the reference below:


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