Fox responds to whether or not ‘The Simpsons’ will end any time soon

The network has hosted the show since its beginnings

Fox executives have responded to questions surrounding The Simpsons and its future at the network.

Earlier this year, the show became the longest running prime time scripted series in history, after the iconic TV show aired its 636th episode. It will be entering its 30th season this autumn.

While it’s been on the Fox network since its beginnings, the network will soon be separating from 20th Century Fox, who are merging with Disney. This means that Fox will have to license new seasons of the show direct from Disney in the future.

This has caused some fans to question the future of The Simpsons but Chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman have been quick to reassure audiences.

“The Simpsons is so much a part of the brand, there’s been such an incredible halo effect of that show and the other animated series that are on our Sunday night,” Walden said during the Television Critics Association press tour, via THR. “There are no plans for them to go anywhere other than Fox.”

Walden added that “a couple years of episodes” for the show are already in production, meaning that the show will likely continue past its 30th season, given the long lead up to the animation process.

“Down the line, what kind of decision is made, I can’t really speak to, but for the foreseeable future, there’s so much upside and benefit to having a great, Emmy Award-winning, smart, provocative, quality show,” she said. “There’s no consideration of not ordering more Simpsons.”

“As long as we’ve all been in business, networks have licensed shows they don’t have ownership of,” Walden continued. “It is challenging, and I anticipate it will be challenging on The Simpsons. But as Dana said, The Simpsons is so associated with Fox, and that association benefits both the network and the owner of the IP. I feel confident Disney and Fox are going to find a way to both have an interest in that show.”