'Simpsons' Writer: Show isn't based in Massachusetts

Published 07-24-2018

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BOSTON (AP) - A veteran writer for "The Simpsons" says the show isn't based in Massachusetts despite several references to the state.

The Boston Globe reports Mike Reiss recently sat down for a segment on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" to discuss the iconic show along with his new book, "Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons."

Reiss said that Springfield is "nowhere" between laughs. He explained that the writers chose Springfield as a location because there are over 40 different cities and towns that share the name across the U.S.

Fans have highlighted references to the Bay State in the show that include Mayor Quimby's New England accent and jokes about Harvard.

Reiss is proud of the show's success. The thirtieth season will premiere this fall.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com

Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com

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