• Mr Burns and Smithers in 'The Simpsons'. (Fox)Source: Fox
Smithers' sexuality will be subject of a new episode of 'The Simpsons' next month.
Drew Sheldrick

21 Mar 2016 - 12:31 PM  UPDATED 21 Mar 2016 - 12:31 PM

It was announced last year that The Simpsons' Waylon Smithers would finally "come out" in season 27 of the animated series, and now we have further details on the big announcement and when it will take place.

In an episode titled "The Burns Cage" next month, Homer will help Smithers find a boyfriend through a gay dating app after he gives up on a relationship with Mr Burns.

Gay actor George Takei (Star Trek) is also slated to make a guest-voice appearance.

The episode synopsis tells us more:

"When Smithers is devastated by Burns’ lack of affection towards him, Homer makes it his mission to find him a boyfriend. Meanwhile, after Bart orchestrates the removal of the lead in the school’s stage production of Casablanca, Milhouse serves as a terrible understudy, which frustrates his co-star, Lisa."

The show's executive producer, Al Jean, first told TVLine about Smithers' big news in September 2015: “In Springfield now, most people know he’s gay, but obviously Burns doesn’t,” Jean said. “We deal with that in two episodes. … We actually do a lot with Smithers this year; he gets fed up with Burns not appreciating him and considers his options.”

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Marge's sister Patty came out as a lesbian in a season 16 episode of The Simpsons, which also saw Homer become a minister to perform gay marriages.

“The Burns Cage” episode of The Simpsons will air on the US FOX network on Sunday, April 3.