Inside the Office of ‘The Simpsons’ Showrunner Al Jean

Al Jean has been in his current office on the Fox lot for about 10 years, though he’s been with “The Simpsons” since the show started in 1989. What you won’t find there: his Peabody or eight Emmy Awards, which stay at home. As showrunner, Jean actually oversees two writers’ rooms. “With this show, you’re always working on five things at once,” he notes. “But everybody’s been here so long, everybody knows what they’re doing. It’s a really good group.”

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PLUSH LIFE
The one animated character in doll form that adorns the office is Spider-Pig (aka Harry Plopper), which first appeared in 2007 in “The Simpsons Movie”; Jean teases he’ll make an appearance on the show this fall. He loves that Spider-Pig dolls are now for sale, saying, “I had a hand in creating the character, so I was thrilled.”

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PICTURE PERFECT
There are several photos around the office of Stephanie Gillis, Jean’s wife and mother of his two children. A writer on “The Simpsons,” Gillis has penned such episodes as “See Homer Run” and “Treehouse of Horror XXV,” which won an Annie Award and has earned her an Emmy nom this year.

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SOMETHING’S ROTTEN
Jean loves the “Certified Fresh Trophy” that Rotten Tomatoes sent them for “The Simpsons Movie,” saying: “I think that’s a funny thing to have because people have to read it to figure out what it is. I remember the day the reviews came out was such a relief because we really didn’t know until then. We all took a big sigh of relief when the reviews came in.”

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