Now that the $71.3 billion merger deal between Disney and Fox has been agreed by both companies' shareholders, Fox CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman explained that they intend to keep The Simpsons TV series on the Fox network.
Dana Walden: "The Simpsons is so much a part of the brand. There’s been such an incredible halo effect of that show and the other animated series that are on our Sunday night. There are no plans for them to go anywhere other than Fox."
She added: "We have a couple years of episodes already in progress on The Simpsons. So down the line, what kind of decision is made I can’t really speak to. But for the foreseeable future, there’s so much upside and benefit to having a great Emmy Award-winning, smart, provocative, quality show, that there’s no consideration of not ordering more Simpsons. The Simpsons generates lots of revenue and opportunities off network through consumer products and otherwise, and I feel confident that Disney and Fox are going to find a way to both have an interest in that show, and I anticipate it continuing to stay on the Fox network."