Looks like Homer won't be renting that baby blue tux after all. For the second year in a row, The Simpsons has been frozen out of the Emmys and guess who's having a cow over the snub. ''I just don't get it,'' says executive producer James L. Brooks. ''They say we're only an animated show (and don't qualify in the comedy category). But every year they ask the Simpsons to be presenters. It's insulting.''
Leo Chaloukian, president of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, says no insult was intended. ''The issue is, Does animation belong with live comedy? We're willing to discuss the matter. We even scheduled a meeting with representatives of The Simpsons. We waited and nobody showed up.''
Brooks recalls it a little differently: ''We asked to meet with them and were turned down,'' he says. ''We've been rebuffed and rebuffed and rebuffed, and now they tell us it's because we didn't come to some meeting. Of course we'd go to a meeting. Any meeting. Tell us when.''