'The Simpsons' addresses location controversy in new episode
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Published: 4/18/2012 6:15 PM
Print this article "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening caused a bit of a stir last week when he hinted that the location of Springfield may actually be in Oregon. However, not one to leave a controversy un-addressed, the show tackled the subject in its most recent episode.
In the show's chalkboard gag, which opens each installment, Bart wrote, "The true location of Springfield is in any state but yours," in a tongue-in-cheek reaction to the uproar over the supposed revelation of the town's locale. Groening said that Springfield was inspired by a similarly-named town in Oregon, but showrunner Al Jean says making the connection is ridiculous.
"In the ['Simpsons'] movie we say it borders on Ohio, Nevada, Maine and Kentucky," Jean told TV Guide recently. "So good luck finding that state. When you do, you're a true 'Simpsons' fan."
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