Matt Groening said that comments he made
in a newspaper interview
had been "misquoted and misunderstood".
"I don't want anyone to think I am
predicting the demise of the Simpsons," he said.
"As long as there are things to make fun
of we will be around."
He added: "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."
Upset in Rio
It managed to cause upset recently when it showed the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro as teeming with rats, monkeys
and street crime.
Tourist officials in Rio were outraged and
the show's producer had to apologise.