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Matt Groening Ends His Long-Running Comic Strip "Life in Hell"

Valerie Macon/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Although Matt Groening is famous for creating The Simpsons, which recently finished its 23rd season, and Futurama, which will soon begin its seventh season, he first started as a young cartoonist drawing Life in Hell.

He ended the comic strip, about rabbits and gay lovers, last Friday.  Groening tell, "I’ve had great fun, in a Sisyphean kind of way, but the time has come to let Binky and Sheba and Bongo and Akbar and Jeff take some time off."

The comic strip was once carried in 380 papers during the heyday of The Simpsons in the '90s, but the strip had recently been carried in less than 40 publications.

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Simpsons Creator: I Never Said Show Is Set in Oregon

Fox/TCFFC(LOS ANGELES) -- Homer Simpson and his family live in Springfield, but they do not live in Oregon.

Earlier this week, the Smithsonian Magazine published an interview in which Simpsons creator Matt Groening says he named Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie’s hometown after Springfield, Oregon. His comments caused confusion among some media outlets, which reported that he said the fictional Springfield is located in his native Oregon.

That is not the case, according to Groening, who has famously kept secret the state where his show is set for over two decades. He tells TV Guide, “I never said Springfield was in Oregon.” He jokingly adds, “I said Springfield was the name of my sled.”

Executive producer Al Jean provides further clarification to TV Guide, saying, “He was inspired by growing up in Portland, but it’s really an every town. It’s really funny. Matt grew up in Oregon and parts of The Simpsons were definitely inspired by his childhood. But there is no specific state that Springfield is in, and we will never reveal that secret…except this coming Sunday at 8.”

Oh, and don’t tune in to The Simpsons on Fox this Sunday expecting to learn where Springfield is really located — Jean was just kidding around.

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'Simpsons' Creator Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- The creator of the long-running Fox animated series The Simpsons received the 2,459th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday.

Matt Groening told the crowd that before his show premiered in 1989, at least one Fox executive was skeptical that it would be a success.  He recalled the executive had an issue with brainy Lisa Simpson and complained, "No network TV show can possibly succeed that has an eight-year-old girl saying the word 'ennui.'"

Hank Azaria, who voices Moe the bartender and Apu, among other Simpsons characters, spoke at the ceremony.

He joked, "Twenty-five years ago when we were first doing this, I was Hank the bartender. And now I'm Moe the bartender, much better off, much easier job, much easier on the back."

The Simpsons will air its 500th episode on Sunday.

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