From the article:
only one person (Al Jean, the show's executive producer) chose something that happened within the past five years
Long-absent individuals include creators Groening and Brooks, actor Phil Hartman, and writers Al Jean and Mike Reiss
Sloppy. Doesn't this guy read what he's writing?
The article is alright, but it doesn't really do anything but regurgitate everything internet nerds have been saying for years.
Writer Mike Reiss admitted as much to the New York Times Magazine, conceding that "much of the humanity has leached out of the show over the years. … It hurts to watch it, even if I helped do it."
That is interesting to hear a long-time writer criticize the show. I wish I could read the whole NY Times Magazine article.