The Simpsons composer Danny Elfman said on a recent podcast appearance that he’s heard that the long-running animated show might finally be coming to an end soon. Thankfully for fans of the show, that is not true. Simpsons producer Al Jean confirmed on Twitter that reports about The Simpsons coming to an end in the next year are “not true.”
Elfman said on the Big Reviewski podcast, “From what I’ve heard, it is coming to an end. I don’t know for a fact, but I’ve heard that it will be in its last year.”
In February this year, The Simpsons was renewed for Seasons 31 and 32 to bring the show to an unthinkable 713 episodes. This was the first renewal order following Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox’s entertainment assets, including The Simpsons. Some wondered if Disney would be committed to The Simpsons–which is an expensive show to produce–but the renewal order demonstrates the House of Mouse is investing at least in the near future.
Season 31 premiered in September, while Season 32 is expected to come in 2020.
Also during the podcast, Elfman said he remains “flabbergasted and amazed” that The Simpsons has been on TV for as long as it has–it premiered all the way back in 1989. He recalled that when he wrote the theme for The Simpsons–“this crazy piece of music”–he never expected it to catch on.
Elfman is also known for his numerous movie credits. He earned Oscar nominations for the music he wrote for Goodwill Hunting, Men In Black, Big Fish, and Milk.
In addition to more seasons of The Simpsons, Disney is reportedly working on The Simpsons Movie 2.
Seasons 1-30 of The Simpsons are available on the recently released Disney+. For more, check out GameSpot’s list of the 16 episodes that you should re-watch.