Veteran composer for The Simpsons sues over dismissal, claims age discrimination

Veteran composer Alf Clausen poses with a Simpsons cake in a photo taken in 2014.
Veteran composer Alf Clausen poses with a Simpsons cake in a photo taken in 2014.PHOTO: THEALFCLAUSEN/TWITTER

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The long-time composer of The Simpsons has sued over his dismissal from the long-running series, saying he was discriminated against because of his age and a perceived disability.

The lawsuit filed by Alf Clausen in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday (Aug 5) for age discrimination, wrongful termination and retaliation comes nearly two years after he said he was fired from composing and conducting all music for The Simpsons.

The 78-year-old's lawsuit noted he was told that he was replaced because the series was "taking the music in a different direction".

The Fox prime-time animated series debuted in 1989.

Its 31st season is scheduled to premiere in September.