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30/09/2015 11:28 BST | Updated 30/09/2015 11:59 BST

'The Simpsons' Could End After Season 30, Hints Showrunner Al Jean

It looks like the end is nigh for the residents of Springfield, as 'The Simpsons' boss Al Jean has hinted that the show could end in just three years.

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The showrunner has revealed that the animated sitcom could finish following its 30th season.

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The 27th run is already airing in the US, with a 28th season already ordered by network FOX.

However, Al admitted he does not see much of a future for the show beyond that.

"It’s quite possible that we don’t have to go through the whole negotiation for 30,” he told The Hollywood Reporter, in reference to the fact FOX has the option to sign the cast up to the 30th season.

"I wouldn’t be stunned if we stopped at 28 but my bet is on at least 30. But then you’d have to resign them again.

"If you made me pick one, I’d say the likeliest is ending after 30, but I’ve been wrong before.

"I thought five seasons was good when I got there."

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And it seems Al already has the ending planned too.

"I had an idea, I thought it'd be cool if the last episode ended with them getting ready for the Christmas pageant that appeared in the first episode, so that the whole series was a loop that didn't have a beginning or end,” he said.

"That's my two cents - but no one has approved that or anything."

Earlier this week, it was revealed that the current season will see Smithers come out to his boss - the 104-year-old billionaire Mr Burns, who he has had a long-standing crush on.

Speaking to TV Line, Al Jean said: “In Springfield now, most people know he’s gay, but obviously Burns doesn’t.

“We deal with that in two episodes... We actually do a lot with Smithers this year; he gets fed up with Burns not appreciating him and considers his options.”

'The Simpsons' airs on Channel 4 and Sky1 in the UK.

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