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It’s hard to believe that there was a time when ‘The Simpsons’ never existed on television.  Prior to the late 1980’s, that was the case.

Now, after making their debut as animated shorts on Fox’s 1987 variety series ‘The Tracey Ullman Show,’ and later spinning off into their own regular half-hour cartoon in early 1990 after a well-received 1989 Christmas special, our favorite family out of Springfield are still going strong.

Yet, there are those who have become tired of the long-running television show after 30 seasons, even claiming the show “isn’t funny anymore.”

Then comes the increase in the costs when it comes to making a program as rich and substantive as ‘The Simpsons,’ which could sometimes play a factor in renewing the show for one or multiple seasons, though Fox renewed the show for seasons 31 and 32.

With costs and criticism, are Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie, and the entire town of Springfield about to say goodbye to fans?

‘Simpsons’ composer Danny Elfman said he heard some rumblings it might be ending, and said so on a podcast titled ‘The Big Reviewski.’

From Complex:

“Well, from what I’ve heard, it is coming to an end,” Elfman said. “So, that argument will also come to an end. […] I don’t know for a fact, but I’ve heard that it will be in its last year.”

Elfman adds that his comments are based on assumptions from others and not fact.

To hear what Elfman has to say on ‘The Simpsons,’ listen below (starts at 17:44):

So what does those behind ‘The Simpsons’ have to say?

Executive producer Al Jean says the show is NOT coming to an end, and even took to Twitter to dispute Elfman’s claims:

With the two-season renewal, it’s safe to say that ‘The Simpsons’ are here to stay…for now.


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