‘The Muppets’ star Matt Damon ‘will not return’ to ‘The Simpsons’ for Halloween
Matt Damon, who co-created and starred in “The Muppet Show” and was one of the stars of “The Simpsons,” is refusing to return to the NBC sitcoms “The Great Christmas Carol” and “The Mighty Ducks” after he was fired.
“Matt Damon will not return to ‘Muppet’ for the holidays,” NBC Entertainment President Andy Lack said on Wednesday.
“I am proud of him as an actor and an actor in the entertainment industry, and I am proud that he is our friend and supporter.”
Damon’s departure was announced Thursday.
He was among several cast members to leave “Muppet” and its spinoff, “The Greatest Muppet Ever” this season, including Michael J. Fox, Andy Samberg, John Goodman and Jon Cryer.
The cast also announced Wednesday that they would not be returning to the ABC sitcom “Shark Tank” this year after a series of mishaps that led to their departure.
The cast of the “Sharks” is being replaced by “Muppets” actors.
After “Shakira,” the ABC comedy “Fresh Off the Boat” was canceled, and “American Dad” was axed, it was announced that Damon would no longer be in the ABC drama.
He also signed on as executive producer for “The Good Place,” a series based on the Disney movie.
In his announcement, Lack noted that Damon had a “long and storied” relationship with the network.
Last year, Damon tweeted that he wanted to “bring back Muppet” in the same way that he would bring back “Mork and Mindy.”
The network declined to comment.
Damon had already told reporters he wanted the show to end.
During the season, Damon had become a fan favorite for his portrayal of Muppet villains.
Although the ratings weren’t particularly strong, it has been a huge success on NBC and was a hit on Hulu.
He also won a Golden Globe for best supporting actor for his role in “Mamma Mia!” and a Critics’ Choice Award for his work on “The Adventures of Pete & Pete.”
He also won the Emmy Award for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for his performance in “Pete’s Dragon.”
He is a founding member of the Muppeteers, a musical ensemble of puppets and characters, and was in the cast of “Pets, Inc.,” a musical about a pet rescue and adoption.