Apu is leaving Springfield, if rumours are to be believed.
IndieWire has reported that 'The Simpsons' are planning to write the long-running character out of the series in the near future. Adi Shankar, who was running a script-writing competition to see if there was a way of rewriting Apu for a new audience.
However, Shankar told IndieWire that the producers and Matt Groening are planning to write Apu out of the show entirely. The controversy surrounding Apu began with the 2017 documentary, 'The Problem With Apu', in which comedian Hari Kondabolu dissected how Apu promoted Indian stereotypes in popular culture.
Since then, the writers on 'The Simpsons' have responded with a couple of episodes to try and mitigate the issue, but it's clearly reached a point where something drastic has to be done. Hank Azaria, who voices Apu in the series, previously said that he'd happily step away from the character.
As it stands, Fox haven't yet denied the reports and given how controversial Apu has become since the documentary, it may just be that Apu's time is over.
Should 'The Simpsons' go the same way?