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Simpsons to stay on-air

Fox Television has approved two more seasons of The Simpsons, the broadcaster said on Friday, ending a standoff after a pay row threatened to sink the long-running show.

world Updated: Oct 09, 2011 00:40 IST

Fox Television has approved two more seasons of The Simpsons, the broadcaster said on Friday, ending a standoff after a pay row threatened to sink the long-running show.


Fox, a unit of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp had threatened to axe the hit cartoon show after 23 seasons if no deal was reached with the actors who voice Homer, Bart et al.

But late Friday Fox said on Twitter that it had renewed show — the longest-running animated television series in history — for a 24th and 25th season.

“In the words of Homer Simpson, ‘Woo Hoo! I outlasted Andy Rooney!’” it added, referring to the curmudgeonly US broadcaster, who appeared for the last time on 60 Minutes last weekend, his closing essay for the CBS show.

It gave no details about how the pay dispute had been resolved.