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Krusty the Clown was originally created to be Homer Simpson's secret identity.

Krusty the Clown was originally created to be Homer Simpson's secret identity.
Krusty the Clown was originally created to be Homer Simpson's secret identity.

Ever wondered why Homer and Krusty the Clown look so alike?

It turns out there’s an interesting reason why they have an uncanny resemblance.

Krusty was originally supposed to be Homer’s secret identity, according to The Simpsons creator Matt Groening.

Krusty’s first appearance on the cartoon sitcom was in a video short ‘The Krusty the Clown Show’, which aired on The Tracy Ullman Show in 1989.

It shows Bart attending Krusty’s show, and suspicious the person performing was not the real clown, he rips off his nose in front of a live TV audience as Homer and Marge watch on in horror from home.

This was originally going to be the moment Bart realised his idol was actually his dad.

“The original idea behind Krusty the Clown was that he was Homer in disguise, but Homer still couldn’t get any respect from his son, who worshipped Krusty,” Groening told EW.

“If you look at Krusty, it’s just Homer with extended hair and a tuft on his head.”

The idea was canned as it was deemed too complex given writers were in the midst of making the series, which is currently celebrating 30 years with a streaming marathon on Foxtel.

After that plot line was axed, creators kept Krusty’s appearance similar to that of Homer’s, developing a new idea for the resemblance.


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