‘NYT’ Sunday Preview: Groening, ‘Simpsons’ Creator, Comes Out Against His Boss — Murdoch — Buying ‘WSJ’

By: E&P Staff

In an interview in this coming Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, Matt Groening, creator of “The Simpsons,” declares that while he gets along well with Rupert Murdoch — who owns the network that airs the TV show — he doesn’t want him to buy the Wall Street Journal.

“I think he owns enough,” Groening says. But he recalls Murdoch being “gracious every time I’ve met him” and even going along with his animated appearance on the show with the entrance line, “I’m Rupert Murdoch, the billionaire tyrant.”

“The Simpsons Movie” opens next week.

According to an early review, the movie at one point includes a “news crawl” along the bottom of the screen, which reads: “Watch ‘Are You Smarter Than a Celebrity?’ on Fox. That’s right, we even advertise our shows during movies now.”

Groening also explains why he makes Arnold Schwarzenegger president in the movie (“We needed a president that would make peope laugh”) and admits he has never voted for a winning president in real life “with the exception of Al Gore.”

He also discloses that movie will reveal which state Springfield is actually in by showing what borders it — including Maine and Kentucky.

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