"The Simpsons" is yet to die. Following a salary dispute between the main cast and 20th Century Fox Television which produces the show, it has just been officially announced on Friday noon, October 7 that the longest running primetime scripted show on the air will stay for two more seasons.
"FOX has renewed THE SIMPSONS, the longest-running comedy in television history, for an incredible 24th and 25th season, bringing the series total to an astonishing 559 episodes," the network which airs the animated series says in a statement. "In the words of Homer Simpson, 'Woo Hoo! I outlasted Andy Rooney!' "
Details of the new two-year contract are not disclosed. Earlier the same day, before the deal was sealed, it was reported that the main voice cast agreed to take a pay cut but not as big as the 45% reduction that the studio demanded. Voice actor Harry Shearer, meanwhile, offered that he was willing to accept a 70% pay cut in return for back-end payments.