When Weird Al Yanks name popped up on Twitter, the internet was awash in rumours that he was stepping down as co-host of the hit sitcoms “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” — a claim that quickly turned out to be incorrect.
In fact, Yankovski’s name has been the subject of many hoaxes in the past few months, many of them involving the popular sitcoms, but he was not the one who came up with the name.
Instead, he was apparently approached by a Hollywood production company to be the new host of the show, “Ghostbusters.”
“Weird and talented, but we’d like to take a moment to thank everyone for the amazing support they’ve given us and thank you all for the incredible support,” a spokesperson for ABC Studios told Variety.
The spokesperson also noted that “The Simpson” and its sequel “Ghosts” were already “a very successful show with a very loyal fan base.”
“There is no plan to remove Mr. Yankowski as host of ‘Ghosts,'” the spokesperson added.
“However, we are currently working with a new producer to create a new, all-new series for ABC.
In the interim, we will continue to honor the legacy of ‘The Simpsons,’ as well as all of the great ‘Ghost’ and ‘Family Guy’ characters, while exploring new, exciting, and ambitious new content.”
The announcement was made by Yankowsky, who had been on the show since Season 2, and was also a co-creator of “The Legend of Korra.”
As of Tuesday, “The Ghost” had racked up nearly 11 million views on YouTube, more than enough to keep Yankowitz on the program indefinitely.
The show’s writers and producers were not available for comment on the news, but a spokesperson did say that the company would be taking a “fresh look” at its comedy offerings in the wake of Yankovsky’s departure.
“While we will miss him, we’re proud of our current and future work and we’re excited to work with a fresh creative team in the coming months,” the spokesperson said.
“We’ll also continue to explore new content with the same kind of focus and commitment to excellence that we always deliver, and we are excited to have his voice be heard.”ABC has yet to officially announce who will replace Yankowicz, but it has previously said that the show will be renewed in 2020.
“We want to thank Seth for the tremendous success of ‘Grimm’ and the many other hits that he’s produced,” ABC said in a statement.
“He was also an amazing co-executive producer on ‘The Venture Bros.’ and was an incredible creative partner to Lisa Kudrow on ‘Scrubs.’
We wish him the best in everything he does in his future endeavors.”