The screenwriter who got the ball rolling on what became one of the longest-running shows in the history of television was never invited back into the writers’ room. Mimi Pond, who penned the premiere episode of “The Simpsons” way back in the 1980s, offered an explanation during an interview with Jezebel.
According to Pond, she was shut out because she’s a woman — although it took her a while to figure it out.
“I was never invited to be on staff, and I never knew why for the longest time,” she told the publication, adding: “No one ever called me or explained to me or apologized or anything.”
She said she eventually put the pieces together.
“It wasn’t until years later that I found out that Sam Simon, who was the showrunner, didn’t want any women around because he was going through a divorce,” she said. “It had remained a boys’ club for a good long time.”
Pond also said: “I always wind up being the turd in the punchbowl because the show is so beloved and everything, and I’m sorry to burst bubbles but [laughs]. It wasn’t a pleasant experience for me.”
We encourage readers to click on the link above to Jezebel to read the full interview.