Fans of "The Simpsons" were rocked this week by a report that Homer and Marge will "legally separate" in the upcoming 27th season, but showrunner Al Jean suggests coverage of his comments may be a bit overblown.
"I DIDN'T SAY Homer and Marge are breaking up," he wrote Wednesday on Twitter. "I said they are BIGGER THAN JESUS."
The official "Simpsons" Twitter account was also quick to dispel thoughts of any kind of permanent split -- as we noted, he never mentions divorce in the original interview -- with an image of Bart writing "Homer and Marge Are Not Breaking Up" on the chalkboard, accompanied by the text "RT and stop the rumors!" More shots of the couple followed.
In the Variety interview, Jean teased, “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. We’ll have cameos from the other women from ‘Girls.'”
This year's Halloween special will also see Sideshow Bob finally achieve his goal of killing Bart.
"Re: season premiere, Bart's 'death' click bait headlines may not reflect truth," Jean cautioned on Twitter. "U r playing into our hands!"
"The Simpsons" returns Sept. 27 on Fox.