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'The Simpsons' producer says show will 'likely' end after season 30

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The Simpsons won't be featuring in a film any time soon

The Simpsons won't be featuring in a film any time soon

Homer and Grampa get into the party spirit in the Irish episode

Homer and Grampa get into the party spirit in the Irish episode

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The Simpsons won't be featuring in a film any time soon

The Simpsons, America's longest running sitcom, is believed to be nearing the end.

The iconic animated television programme is finally coming to a close, hints the showrunner Al Jean.

Jean told the Hollywood Reporter that the "likeliest scenario" is wrapping up after the 30th season.

"It’s quite possible that we don’t have to go through the whole negotiation for 30," Jean said.

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Lisa , Marge , Maggie, Homer and Bart Simpson. Photo: AP

Lisa , Marge , Maggie, Homer and Bart Simpson. Photo: AP

Lisa , Marge , Maggie, Homer and Bart Simpson. Photo: AP

"I wouldn’t be stunned if we stopped at 28 but my bet is on at least 30. But then you’d have to resign them again. If you made me pick one, I’d say the likeliest is ending after 30, but I’ve been wrong before. I thought five seasons was good when I got there (laughs)."

"It looks like 28 seasons is the minimum we’ll get then, and 30 - a nice round number - is likely when it’ll stop, bar a late boost in interest."

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Earlier this week, it was revealed that Springfield's worst kept secret was about to become common knowledge, as Waylan Smithers is set to come out of the closet.

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The long suffering assistant of Monty Burns is expected to finally tell his boss about his sexuality.

His ‘coming out’ will not be a first on the show, as Marge’s sister Patty came out as a lesbian in 2004, while Duffman was also outed as gay in 2008.

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