According to Variety, the 35-piece orchestra that Clausen uses for every episode can carry a cost of "millions of dollars" per year. Honestly, it's a good sign for the longevity of the show if Fox isn't really asleep at the wheel, right?
Sidenote: our favorite favorite discovery of the day is Alf Clausen also did the music for Alf. One of the people who has been working in the series virtually since its inception is composer Alf Clausen, who is responsible for some of the show's most memorable songs.
In the report from Variety, rumor has it that Clausen's firing is due to budget cuts because of the massive drop in ratings over the past 17 years. The Season 29 premiere is slated for October 1, but it is not yet clear who will be scoring that episode.
Clausen had been the sole composer for the show since 1990 through the end of the 28th season.
Some say the sacking of Clausen is evidence the cartoon has lost its tact and attention to detail.
Clausen won two Emmys for his work on The Simpsons, in 1997 and 1998, and is believed to be the most Emmy-nominated composer of all time, with a total of 30. This is in spite of the profits the show brings in for Fox and executive producer James L. Brooks' Gracie Films. He, however, said the bosses at "The Simpsons" did not hassle him over it.
In short, almost every classic music moment of The Simpsons has featured Clausen's fingerprints.
"I'll always be in awe of his ability to elevate the most sentimental scenes", she said on Twitter.
Details on what prompted Fox to make that decision are unclear, and a spokeswoman for the company denied a request for comment from Variety.