WOO-HOO! Reports of The Simpsons' imminent death are greatly exaggerated, says the show's creator, Matt Groening.
"I'd like to assure everyone concerned — from nervous writers to frantic fans — that ‘The Simpsons' will live long after I'm rotting in my grave, which is definitely a creepy feeling," he said.
Groening says the trouble began when British journalists took a joke that he made too seriously.
Dozens of media outlets, including the London's Financial Times, the BBC and The Post reported that he was saying that the beloved animated comedy was nearing its end.
"Something I said got taken out of context and everybody now thinks The Simpsons is going to end," Groening told The Post yesterday.
He was only half-joking when he told a British reporter: "I think we're closer to winding it up," Groening said yesterday.
"I was being a sarcastic cartoonist — which is what I'm supposed to be, god--it!," he says.
But the resulting whirlwind of headlines that spread across the globe had millions of fans in a panic — including Groening's own mother.
"The question was: how much longer could this thing last? Which is sort of a variation on: when do you expect to die? Kind of an insulting question. So I always say, The Simpsons has at least two years left from the moment the question is asked."
Now he's trying to put on the fire he started.
"As long as there are things to make fun of in the world, The Simpsons will continue to thrive," he said yesterday.
"Until the world becomes more like The Waltons, there will always be room for The Simpsons."