According to the show’s OG composer Danny Elfman, The Simpsons is on its “last year.”
The long-running cartoon has 669 episodes to date. Since it first aired in 1989, it has been one of the most well-loved shows on television. Now, after 31 seasons, it sounds like the show could be finally coming to an end.
Speaking with Joe, Elfman said: “Well, 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.”
He continued: “All I can say is that I’m so flabbergasted and amazed that it has lasted as long as it did. You have to realise, when I scored The Simpsons, I wrote this crazy piece of music, and I expected no one would hear it, because I really did not think the show had a chance in hell.”
The Simpsons still draws in 4.8 million viewers each year. Although this still sounds like a lot, viewing has halved since season 19 and near quartered since season 12. In fact, the show has been showing a sure decline over the last two decades.
Even so, can we really imagine America’s long-loved iconic cartoon coming to an end? More updates to be shared when they are announced.