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Knowing I was going to get beat up, I smashed one kid in the face as hard as I could, and then I got beaten up. In another way, is the show a way for you to never leave home?

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What did your father do before he became a filmmaker? The way I wrote them were Homer being angry and Bart being clueless little jerk, just driven in some weird way to cause trouble.

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So you make everyone else feel comfortable? Groening said: "Nobody thought The Simpsons was going to be a big hit.

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I thought that was a good note. By the time they pitched the series to Fox in AprilGroening and Cohen had composed many characters and storylines; Groening claimed they had gone "overboard" in their discussions.

I thought that the name was a signal that we had, at least, a scholarly intention. When the discussion turned to Apu, he shared his feelings about the character and explained why the criticism caught him off guard.

My father was named after the poet Homer. OK, why do the Simpsons live in a town called Springfield? The name "Wiggum" for police chief Chief Wiggum is Groening's mother's maiden name.

I visited my childhood home about two years ago. Would you be open to that?

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Matt Groening speaks, and 'The Problem With Apu' director responds