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'The Simpsons' Comic-Con panel focuses on Donald Trump — and it's not pretty

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Actors Nancy Cartwright (L) and Joe Mantegna attend "The Simpsons" panel session on Saturday during Comic-Con International 2017 at San Diego Convention Center in San Diego. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

On Saturday, "The Simpsons" executive team made their disdain for President Donald Trump known during a Comic-Con panel session, which included questions from conference attendees.

Audience members asked if the executive team had ever turned down a celebrity appearance request. The answer was "yes," but they didn't directly come out and say who the celebrity was.

Al Jean's response was rather blunt: “Let’s just say he’s the President of the United States," she said, hinting at Trump.

"The Simpsons" creator, Matt Groening, also recounted an issue with the show's parent company, 21st Century Fox. The executive team was warned about going after Fox News after a rather edgy joke that suggested the cable news station was "not racist, but the number one with racists."

“We started doing Fox News jokes, and they [21st Century Fox] asked us to take it easy on them,” Groening explained.

After the cartoon made fun of Fox News, Bill O'Reilly coined "The Simpsons" creators as "pinheads."

“Then Bill O’Reilly called us pinheads and look what happened,” Groening said, referencing the sexual harassment accusations made against the former Fox News host, which eventually led to his exit.

Groening then led hundreds of audience members in a chant against O'Reilly, insinuating the former Fox News host was indeed guilty of sexual harassment.

"Lock him up! Lock him up!" the crowd chanted over and over.

Groening's chant was a tongue-in-cheek reference to Trump supporters' "lock her up!" chants about Hillary Clinton that took place during the 2016 election cycle. The anti-Hillary chants were often heard at Trump rallies across the nation.

One of the show's writer's, Bill Oakley, took to Twitter to reflect on the possibility of Trump starring in a Simpsons episode.

"The Simpsons" predicted a Donald Trump presidency back in 2000 when President Lisa Simpson inherited a deficit from President Trump.

Since then, a handful of Trump-related story lines has sprung up, including poking fun at the president's first 100 days in office.

There was also an episode in which President Richard Nixon visited Trump to let him know how horrible of a president he is.

“I came to thank you, Donald. I’m moving up. Thanks to you, I’m now the 44th best president,” Nixon said in the episode. “I have just one piece of advice; if you have tapes, burn them.”

The show's team of producers plan to continue to use their edgy storylines to make society aware of the consequences of their choices and actions.

"Our show holds up a Springfield mirror to society so that never fails to inspire us," executive producer Matt Selman said.

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