The Weeknd Wants His Cameo in 'The Simpsons' To be a "Re-occuring Thing"
This past weekend, The Weeknd added another major achievement to his bucket list with his first appearance on The Simpsons.
During the season 33 episode "Bart the Cool Kid" that aired on Sunday (March 20), the Toronto-bred hitmaker voiced the character of Oriel Hughes of the fictional skate brand "Slipreme."
Taking advantage of the social currency afforded by footwear, Bart Simpson is humiliated after Homer buys him a pair of fake Slipreme sneakers. Bart's playground popularity increases after he becomes friends with Hughes and the two make a new shoe together.
The Weeknd also voices Darius Hughes, Orion Hughes' father, while Michael Rapaport returns as Homer-obsessed food truck owner Mike Wegman.
The Weeknd didn't play it cool in the run-up to the premiere; instead, he let it be known just how much a Simpsons cameo means to him.
“dream come true,” he wrote on Twitter last week along with yellow heart emojis.
As the episode aired, XO shared clips and photos from his appearance on social media.
The Weeknd, however, has only experienced a taste of life in Springfield and is left wanting more.
To respond to praise from The Simpsons' executive producer Matt Selman, The Weeknd tweeted, "Let's make Orion Hughes and Bart's friendship a recurring thing." He added an emoji of a winking eye.
The Weeknd's cameo on The Simpsons has long been in the works, with the Dawn FM singer expressing his ambition to appear in the show back in 2020.
“An obvious bucket list would be to work on The Simpsons,” he said in an interview in the past. “That would be a dream — and if they’re reading this, I actually have a pretty cool idea if they’re down.”