The makers of The Simpsons have announced that they intend to kill off an iconic character.

Executive Producer Al Jean has declined to say who the victim will be. He was speaking as he announced details for the show’s 25th season which started in the US on Sunday.

Speaking to the Sun News in Canada, he said "I'll give you a clue that the actor playing the character won an Emmy for playing that character, but I won't say who it is." There have been 25 Emmy winners for the show.

The first episode spoofed the popular US drama Homeland.