‘The Simpsons’ Will Return for Two More Seasons

| by Michael Allen

Fox Television has approved two more seasons of 'The Simpsons,' ending a standoff over salary cuts that threatened to end the long-running series. Fox said on Twitter that it had renewed the show, the longest-running animated television series and sitcom in history, for a 24th and 25th season.

On Tuesday, Fox threatened to pull the plug on 'The Simpsons' over the dispute, saying the network could not keep producing it under “its current financial model.”

It was reported that Fox wanted the voices behind Bart, Homer, Marge, Lisa, Krusty the Clown and other “Simpsons” characters to agree to a 45 percent salary cut.

But the cast members, including Dan Castellaneta, who voices Homer, and Nancy Cartwright, alias Bart, counter-proposed a 30 percent cut so long as they could get part of syndication and merchandising income.

Harry Shearer, who voices Mr. Burns, issued a statement on Friday saying he had offered to have his pay cut by over 70 percent, in return for a share of the show’s profits, but added that Fox told his agent that there were “simply no circumstances” under which it would let voice cast members “share in the show’s success.”

Details of the final agreement were not released.