The Simpsons boss hits back at fans complaints as new series sees ratings plummet
THE SIMPSONS boss has hit back at fans complaints as the new series has seen ratings plummet.
Creator Matt Groening broke his silence to insist he was "proud" of recent episodes of the show.
The iconic animated series is currently in its 32nd season after premiering in 1989.
After a massive 700 episodes, recent airings have left some fans thinking the show is now past its golden age – but Groening does not agree.
He told USA Today: "I love some of the wild stuff we've done (lately).
"We're now surrounded by animated shows featuring dumb, fat dads and their unruly families.
"So The Simpsons may not be the only zany bunch on the block, but the stories we are telling these days are pretty smart and pretty crazy."
Groening went on: "The show is such a part of the pop culture landscape that whole different generations have discovered it.
"The way things are streamed these days you can access the entire history of the show anytime you want and see how it has changed over the years.
"I give a piece of advice to people who grew up with The Simpsons and maybe think it's not for them anymore. Check it out again: The satire and the quality of animation is fantastic.
"I'm really proud of the group's efforts."
And on the reduced viewing figures?
Groening shrugged them off and admitted: "I don't think about that stuff at all.
"I think about the intensity of our fans' reactions and trying to make them really happy.
"If big numbers come with it, that's great. If they don't, well, let's keep that a secret."
There was uproar earlier this month when fans were baffled after a new flashback episode of Homer in the nineties completely destroyed the show's timeline.
The new episode was called Do PizzaBots Dream of Electric Guitars? and saw Homer thinking back to the 90s when he was a wannabe DJ.
One viewer wrote on social media: "Homer was now a teenager in the late 90s, meaning his hypothetical birthday is later than Bart’s was at the start of the show.
"Homer is now younger than Bart. HOW LONG CAN THEY KEEP IT UP THO."
The Simpsons is available on Disney+ in the UK.
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