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Thursday, 2 May, 2002, 07:54 GMT 08:54 UK
Simpsons 'to carry on for years'
The Simpsons
The Simpsons: Here to stay
The creator of The Simpsons has denied reports that he was considering bringing an end to his hit cartoon series.

Matt Groening was reported on Tuesday as having told the UK newspaper the Financial Times he was thinking of ending the show.

But on Wednesday he said he had been misquoted and that The Simpsons would be around for years to come.

Groening has been the inspiration behind Homer and his family since 1990, when they got their first regular show.


I just said that given the fact the we just finished our 300th episode, I would guess we are closer to the end of our life than the beginning

Matt Groening

The Financial Times reported Groening saying he was planning to wind up the series because it was harder and harder to find funny things to say.

But on Wednesday Groening retorted: "I was misquoted and misunderstood. I don't want anyone to think I am predicting the demise of The Simpsons.

"They will live on with new adventures for years to come. As long as there are things to make fun of we will be around."

Misunderstood

The Simpsons is one of the most successful cartoon series in TV history. It is now seen by 60 million people worldwide.

Hints that the show was on its last legs therefore created an international fuss.

Matt Groening
Matt Groening: The Simpsons' inspiration

The paper quoted Groening as saying: "I think we are closer to winding it up.

"Although what happens generally if we win the Emmy for best animation show is that that gives us another couple of years to run it into the ground.

"It becomes increasingly difficult as the years go by to keep on not only surprising the audience, but surprising ourselves."

Groening said these were comments he had often made before but on this occasion been taken our of context and misunderstood.

"I just said that given the fact the we just finished our 300th episode, I would guess we are closer to the end of our life than the beginning," Groening explained on Wednesday.

"At the end of our 100th episode (one of our writers) said we were halfway home. Now we think the show will last, our ratings are better than ever," he continued.

He added that he was not bored or unhappy with the programme.

In fact, he concluded, that he and his team were always striving to make the characters and storylines better and better.


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