Original ‘Simpsons’ Writer Says She Was Shut Out of Writers Room Because She’s a Woman

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Mimi Pond, the writer of the first-broadcast episode of “The Simpsons,” says she was shut out of the Fox cartoon’s writers’ room because then-showrunner Sam Simon only wanted men writers. Pond, the cartoonist who wrote the show’s premiere episode “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire,” was never hired as a full-time writer on the show because Simon refused to have women on his staff, she said in a Jezebel interview earlier this week. “I was never invited to be on staff, and I never knew why for the longest time,” she said. “No one ever called me or explained to me.
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