NEW YORK — Doh!
That’s pretty much what Matt Groening was saying Thursday after his comments about Fox News Channel during an interview with NPR earlier this week.
Groening, creator of “The Simpsons,” told NPR that Fox News had grumbled about suing the show over a parody earlier this year of the cable news net’s conservative stance. “Simpsons” airs on Fox Entertainment, sister broadcasting net of Fox News Channel.
Groening joked that media mogul Rupert Murdoch would never let one part of his Fox empire sue another part.
Late Thursday, Groening’s show put out a statement saying that Groening was only kidding around, and that it “regretted” any confusion. (Others might call it an apology.)
“Matt was being satirical and certainly there was never any issue between the show and Fox News,” statement said.
Insiders say Groening was clearly being satirical during the interview — but not to everyone, as it turned out.
Agence France Press put out a wire story Wednesday with the following headline, “Fox nearly sued itself over ‘Simpsons’ parody: Matt Groening.”