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'Simpsons' Bombshell -- The TRUTH About MJ Song!!!

6/27/2011 10:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Jackson hand-picked an MJ voice impersonator to sing the famous "Happy Birthday Lisa" song featured on "The Simpsons" back in 1991 ... this according to Lisa herself, Yeardley Smith.


Smith was outside the Red O restaurant in L.A. this weekend, when she explained, "[Michael] was not allowed to sing on the show, so he literally hand-picked a guy to sing like him."

During the famous episode, "Stark Raving Dad," Michael provided the voice to a mental patient who thought he was MJ ... but according to reports, Jackson's record label blocked MJ from singing the Lisa birthday song.

MJ ultimately selected a man named Kipp Lennon -- and Yeardley explains, "How unnerving would it be to sing like Michael Jackson in front of Michael Jackson?"

0627_lisa_launch2We called Kipp to find out -- so far, no response. 

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Jimmdog    

I've always wanted to bang her. Not sure why.

1130 days ago
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meg    

Like others said this is not news. I thought this was common knowledge. I didn't even think people were suppose to think it was actually him. The Simpsons have always had a lot people do impersonations, it's not suppose to be a trick. Have you watched the show lol??

1130 days ago
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Du    

Seriously, TMZ? Do you know how to Google? Do a teeny bit of research before you slap up your "Exclusive" banner.

1130 days ago
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Brigha from UK    

Chicago Nick
This world is so being destroyed by lawyers that Michael Jackson couldn't even impersonate himself on a freaking cartoon because of those greedy fukkkkks at Sony.......
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I totally agree. It's sickening to think that Sony now own most of MJ's legacy - thanks to Branca.

1130 days ago
20.

BB    

This is not new. Everybody knows it!

1130 days ago
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I Was About To Say    

TMZ, how is it you don't know this, it's OLD news!

1130 days ago
22.

What I Think    

What a phony MJ was.

1130 days ago
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Jan    

its not a "bombshell" people have known for years that micheal jackson didnt really sing on the show. im a long time fan of the simpsons and some where in commentaries of the show they say that he never sung on the show.

1130 days ago
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Barb.A.    

TMZ, you guys are totally losing your mind. Have been hanging around Diane Dimond to much? Really, stop going down hill with trash.

1130 days ago
25.

Michelle    

My husband is a huge Simpson's fan and loved that episode. I think people fail to realize how little control he had over so much of his life. Possible reason he turned into an addict, it's a control issue. May he rest in peace.

1130 days ago
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Kyla    

WE KNOW YR OBSESSED WITH MJ, BUT PLEASE, WE KNOW ALL THIS OLD NEWS AND WHAT IS THE POINT HERE??

1130 days ago
27.

Kelly    

TMZ, where have you been that you didn't know this?? Mars??

1130 days ago
28.

Bobby    

Finally, this 20 year old mystery is solved. Now if we knew who was the second shooter on the grassy knoll. ;-) Must be slow news day.

1130 days ago
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Marnie    

This is not anything new - this has been known in the fan community for years but there IS a real version of MJ singing the song but it didn't air.

1130 days ago
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Jackie    

Ummmmmm Sorry Harvey....EVERYONE has known this for a really long time. So much for your "Bombshell"...lol.
Also..will someone please report Pearl Jr. for Spam..and maybe stupidness. Thanks.

1129 days ago
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