Make Way For The Kinder, Gentler Homer

Homer Simpson apparently won’t be choking Bart anymore

CNN–Homer Simpson has, according to the animated character, stopped strangling his son Bart – bringing to an end a long-running (and outdated) gag on the show.

It’s one of many set pieces on the beloved animated series. In this recurring interaction, Homer, the family patriarch, begins vigorously choking Bark after yelling, “Why you little …”

A recent episode of the show went viral after the character of Homer shakes the hand of a new neighbor and is complimented on a strong handshake.

“See, Marge, strangling the boy paid off,” Homer tells his wife, Marge.

He then says, “Just kidding, I don’t do that anymore. Times have changed.”

Homer Simpson was unavailable for comment as he was busy strangling Bart.