The Simpsons composer Danny Elfman has claimed the latest season of the cartoon could be its last.
Speaking to Joe on Saturday, the creator of the show’s classic theme tune, 66, left fans devastated after his shocking declaration.
Discussing the show’s supposedly imminent end, he explained: ‘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.’
While Danny added of the show’s legacy: ‘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 iconic cartoon was created by Matt Groening in 1989, and is the longest-running American sitcom and the longest-running American scripted primetime television series both in terms of seasons and number of episodes.
Despite Danny’s claim, Fox revealed in February this year that the show was renewed for a 32nd season to reach 713 episodes by the end.
Following Disney’s groundbreaking acquisition of 20th Century Fox, ever episode of the classic cartoon has also been added to its video-on-demand platform Disney+.
After hearing Danny’s shocking statement, fans took to Twitter to express their devastation that the show would be ending.
One fan said in response to the news: ‘I truly believe the Simpsons cannot end or we will splinter reality again. Causing Marty Mcfly to fix our last election and future cartoons.’
While another was clearly devastated, as they wrote: ‘SAY IT AIN’T SO!!!!!!!!!’
Hoping to make a change, one Twitter user added: ‘I demand that @The Simpsons don’t end can we start a petition or something?!!!!’
Taking a more diplomatic approach, another claimed: ‘Even though its Golden Age is over, the idea that The Simpsons could end feels downright apocalyptic at this point.’