In its effort to constantly be current, the news media can occasionally get a bit carried away. Not even fictional marriages are safe from its pull.
Rumors have recently been swirling regarding whether Homer and Marge would call it quits in the upcoming 27th season premiere of "The Simpsons," and today the family finally caved and issued a statement about the state of their wedded union, posted to Fox's Animation Domination YouTube page.
In the video, Marge Simpson (née Bouvier) calls the divorce rumors "baseless," and describes the way they gained steam.
"The story was first reported on CNN. Then, the real news started reporting it all over the world," she explains.
It all began when executive producer Al Jean teased a storyline involving the legal separation of the couple. "In the premiere, it’s discovered after all the years Homer has narcolepsy and it’s an incredible strain on the marriage. Homer and Marge legally separate, and Homer falls in love with his pharmacist, who’s voiced by Lena Dunham," Jean told Variety. Despite prompt clarification from Jean and the show, national and international press projected his interview to mean that the series might do away with the marriage at its heart.
The creators of "The Simpsons" took the opportunity to poke fun at the hyperbolic state of 24 hour news.
"Can’t those news media guys cover more important things, like LeBron’s junk?" Homer wonders aloud in the video.
The nuclear power safety inspector from Sector 7G did own up to his part in the scandal, apologizing to his wife for his many years of questionable behavior. His mea culpas were qualified, though. Listen close -- did he say he “heartily” apologizes? Or “hardly?”
Hardly-an-apology is probably what America’s Favorite Dysfunctional Family can expect from the excitable, headline-driven media horde quick to report their demise.
“The Simpsons” return for their 27th season beginning Sunday, September 27, on Fox.