The Simpsons Is Airing An Hour-Long Hip-Hop Spoof Of The Great Gatsby, For Some Reason

Just answer us one question: why?​

Did you know that The Simpsons is still chugging along, 27 seasons deep?

It's well established that the show should have packed it in a decade ago. That the snowballing drop in quality threatens to tarnish the legacy of TV's greatest comedy.

But then, when was the last time anybody actually watched a new episode of The Simpsons? Maybe they're hilarious and better than ever before, but we're all just too stubborn to give them a chance?

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Or maybe not, considering the news that season 28 will open with an hour-long hip-hop spoof of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, entitled *sigh* 'The Great Phatsby'.

In all fairness, it will feature some brilliant talent, including Key & Peele's Keegan-Michael Key and Empire star Taraji P. Henson. The episode centres on the "destruction of a friendship between [Mr.] Burns and an enigmatic hip-hop mogul named Jay G. (aka Jay Gatsby).

"This was just going to be a regular episode, but the table read went so well, in a fit of passion and excitement and ambition and excess, we decided to supersize it," Simpsons executive producer Matt Selman said. "And we haven't done a huge amount of stories in the world of hip-hop and rap culture, so we just went for it."

Catch the episode in January.