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The Simpsons writer Al Jean has spoken out about how he reckons the long-running show will end.
For many of us, it's hard to remember a time before The Simpsons. What started as shorts in 1987 has since released more than 700 episodes following its official launch in 1989.
It's long been rumoured that the show may be wrapping up (in fact one of the first responses when you Google the show is 'has The Simpsons been cancelled') and now we have some idea of what that might look like.
Long-time writer for the show, Al Jean was one of the original members of the series before leaving after season four and returning again for season 10.
Jean told Radio Times: "I mentioned that there would be an ending where the last episode, they'd be going back to the Christmas pageant from the first episode [Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire], so that the whole series was a continuous loop - that's how I would end it, if I had to."
Despite that tidbit, Jean doesn't think the show is going anywhere soon.
After Disney acquired 21st Century Fox, The Simpsons is now enjoying a new life on Disney+ and is very popular with UK and US streaming audiences.
During his interview, Jean was asked whether the series could make it to the 1,000 episode mark.
"I calculated that if we make it to 1,000 episodes, that's 12 more seasons... So I'll just be saying, I'll be very happy to be here in 12 seasons' time... [but] it's not just a hop, skip and a jump, it's a little further than that," he said.
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Although shortly after his musing, Jean told Digital Spy now that his thoughts are out there in the world it's more likely his preferred ending won't happen.
"Well, it might be like the Heisenberg principle, in that now that I've stated it, it's less likely to happen," he said.
"I just thought that the beautiful thing about that would be that the whole show would never have an end.;
Either way, after 33 seasons, even if the show does come to an end, we'll always have plenty of episodes to look back on. Everything's coming up Milhouse.