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The Simpsons Matt Groening: Springfield Is Not In Oregon

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Hold up!

Despite earlier buzz that the fictional setting of Springfield on The Simpsons was named after a town in Matt Groening's home state, the creator now denies having ever said that.

Matt Groening says:

"I never said Springfield was in Oregon. I said Springfield was the name of my sled."

Al Jean, an executive on The Simpsons, added:

"They misinterpreted something I've heard him say for at least 10 or 20 years. He was inspired by growing up in Portland, but it's really an every town. It's really funny. Matt grew up in Oregon and parts of The Simpsons were definitely inspired by his childhood. But there is no specific state that Springfield is in, and we will never reveal that secret… except this coming Sunday at 8."

Oh well.

Maybe they'll actually reveal the real location someday, but until then… It's up to our imaginations!

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10 comments to “The Simpsons Matt Groening: Springfield Is Not In Oregon”

  1. Jeff says – reply to this


    1

    It's FICTIONAL! why does anyone really care? it's not a real place.



  2. 2

    DOH!

  3. Becky says – reply to this


    3

    It's funny, cuz I live in Oregon, and there IS a Springfield, OR. Maybe he isn't naming it after that town, but there is one named that.

  4. Wilbur says – reply to this


    4

    Credit for those two stolen quotes: TV Guide

  5. Emilie says – reply to this


    5

    Some of the characters on The Simpsons are named after streets in downtown Portland, Oregon. Lovejoy, Burns (for Burnside), Flanders…

  6. Noemi says – reply to this


    6

    I saw the episode, at Springfield, ILLINOIS! MYSTERY ANSWERED

  7. Noemi says – reply to this


    7

    Re: Jeff – its Springfield, IL… they show it at the end of this episode

  8. Missy Smith says – reply to this


    8

    Officially, there are 13 cities, 11 towns, and 14 townships, for a total of 38. Of these, only 16 are incorporated cities or towns. So, Yes there is a Springfield in Oregon but It's Not the Springfield from the Simpsons it sounds like.



  9. 9

    Seriously, who really gives a shit?

  10. jill says – reply to this


    10

    Gee, Groening. Thanks for the disappointment of changing your mind about Springfield Oregon. I live in Springfield, Oregon. @VinnyD. I DID CARE, but now I couldn't care less.