Why Homer Simpson won't strangle Bart Simpson on-screen anymore

The Simpsons has subtly made a big change to one of its most iconic Homer and Bart interactions. 

For years, whenever Bart got in trouble with Homer, his angry father was seen strangling the boy and leaving him with bulging eyes after shouting the catchphrase: "Why you little..." 

However, after 34 years of that same gag on the show, it's been quietly dropped. 

In an episode from the show's 35th season, Homer is seen introducing himself to a new family who have moved into Evergreen Terrace. 

In the clip Homer is seen shaking hands with Thayer, a new character, who remarks how firm his handshake is. 

"That's quite a grip," Thayer said in response. 

"See Marge? Strangling the boy has paid off," Homer replies, before quickly adding: "Just kidding. I don't do that anymore. Times have changed." 

The move has been widely welcomed online with many commenting on X (formerly known as Twitter) that it was about time the gag became a thing of the past. 

"Took him 36 years but he finally learned," one said. 

"To be fair this was under Disney since they wanted a family friendly branding for The Simpsons," another said 

"Good to know that Homer realized how wrong that was. I only wonder what made him realize that," they mused.