In recent comments about the influence of The Simpsons, Elfman caused quite a stir. Speaking with website Joe.ie, Elfman surprised many by saying “Well, from what I’ve heard, it is coming to end.” Elfman went on to qualify his statement, saying “I don’t know for a fact, but I’ve heard that it will be in its last year.” For as much as people complain about the show’s later seasons, the internet seemed sad.
Sure, some people were saying to put the show out of its misery. Still, like an old blanket you just can’t throw away, it feels awesome to know The Simpsons is still on … I don’t think anyone can argue that the new seasons are better than the old ones. But still, Elfman’s comments were a great reminder of how many people really love this show.
As of right now, the show is far from over. Show-runner Al Jean says the comments are “NOT true,” and that the show is currently still chugging along. Fox picked up two more seasons of The Simpsons in February, meaning the program will hit 32. That’s insane to think about; the show debuted in 1989 and it will run through 2022.