Al Jean, screenwriter and producer for The Simpsons, has hinted that the hugely popular animated series could end on its 30th – yes, thirtieth – season. It's already been going for 26 years, having kicked off season 27 Sunday just gone, so what difference will a few more make?

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter.

"It's quite possible that we don’t have to go through the whole negotiation for 30. 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."

However, this feels like anything but definitive news. Even voice actor Harry Shearer was able to leave and return to The Simpsons without much worry that it would actually be all over by the time he got back. It might end by 30, it might not – time will tell.