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This is how you cause outrage and mass panic across the world. This week, Danny Elfman, best known for his scores on television and films such as The Nightmare Before Christmas and Batman caused the internet to nearly break as he speculated the end of the long-running TV series, The Simpsons. In a controversial interview, published to Joe.iethe creative was surprised at its success and said it would see its final series this coming year.

“Well, from what I’ve heard, it is coming to end,” Elfman, who wrote the show’s hit theme music in 1989 has boldly claimed. “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 flabbergasted and amazed that it has lasted as long as it did,” Elfman said. “So, 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. So believe me, that is one of the truly big surprises in my life.”

While fans of the show were expectedly shocked at the news, the show’s executive producer Al Jean, was quick to respond on Twitter. “We are thankful the following article is NOT TRUE.”

The Simpsons is currently the longest-running, scripted, primetime television show in history and was renewed for a 31st and 32nd season in February, by Fox. This will take the popular cartoon to another record-number of 713 episodes. So far, we can relax at its continuation.

As always, stay tuned for any further news or developments.