FOX News’ The Simpsons is no longer airing in primetime and its creator, Matt Groening, has resigned from the network.
Groening had not commented to The Hollywood Reporter about the cancellation, but said that he’s leaving because “there’s just no point anymore” with Fox News.
Groaning said he was leaving Fox News to focus on his new Netflix series, The Great American Dream, which he said was a “uniquely American” take on the sitcom.
Groened, whose first book, The Simpsons: A Tale of Two Families, hit the New York Times Best Seller List in October, said that while he and co-creator Matt Groen had been trying to find a way to get The Simpsons to air more, he had been “trying to find an angle” for the show that would make it more relevant to viewers.
Groen, who co-created the show with writer Seth MacFarlane, said the show was always going to be a comedy.
“The show was never about that,” Groening said.
“It’s always been about humor.
But there’s a whole other side to it.”
Groening also said he is retiring from TV news, but he did not specify when or if that will happen.
The Simpsons, which was canceled after three seasons, has had a turbulent run, with Groening often coming under fire for making light of racist jokes.
He apologized to fans for those comments in September, but it took him longer than expected to make good on his promise to do so.
The show has also been the subject of some heated discussions over whether the Simpsons should be renewed for a fourth season, and whether the series should be canceled altogether.
“There’s been a lot of stuff about the show over the years,” Groen said.
It’s been tough for Matt Groens show, The Sims, to survive after its third season was cancelled by Fox in 2018.
“I think it’s been the most difficult thing that I’ve ever done,” Groens said.
Groens has been on a mission to resurrect The Simpsons.
“He’s just the one who has been trying,” Groened said.
In 2017, Groening announced that he was selling his rights to the show to Sony for a reported $1 billion.
That deal was contingent on Fox not renewing the show.
Groeners announcement came on the heels of reports that Sony and Groening would soon be working together on a new animated series.
The network confirmed to The Wrap that Sony Pictures Television and Groens own the rights to The Simpsons but that it is not currently working on the project.
Groengs new project, The Perfect Guy, has yet to be released.
“We are thrilled to be working with Matt Groeners,” Sony said in a statement.
Groenes announcement comes just days after he also said that his show, which centers on a boy who dreams of becoming an actor, will not be renewed.
Groers last sitcom, The New Adventures of Old Nick, which aired on NBC for four seasons, was canceled in 2020 after the network announced it was canceling the show in 2018 due to ratings.
Groans show was canceled before The Simpsons could be renewed, but the show will continue to be watched by those who tuned in for its third and final season.
Groings cancellation follows the departure of the Simpsons’ co-creators, Groen and Adam West, last year, and their son, Bill, who has since taken over the show’s creative reins.