Sam Simon made millions when he created the beloved TV show The Simpsons. Now, with terminal cancer, he’s vowed to give his fortune away, but he seems a bit odd in this interview.
Maria Shriver interviewed Sam Simon, creator of the TV show The Simpsons, about his terminal cancer and his decision to donate his millions to charity. But even Shriver, known for having a thick skin, seems a bit thrown off by some of Simon’s odd answers, leaving us with mixed feeling about the dying man.
Here are five reasons we have the utmost sympathy for him.
1. Terminal colon cancer
Any cancer is bad, but we can only imagine how difficult a deteriorating colon might be.
“They showed me my scans,” said Simon to Shriver. “They said, ‘These are the scans of a dead man.’ I said, ‘Is it curable?’ And they said, ‘We don’t use that word.'”
2. Creative genius
Simon’s plan to take Matt Groening’s animated family of characters, the Simpsons, and give them their own half-hour TV show has proved to be one of the biggest success stories in entertainment history.
3. Animal lover
A long-time vegetarian, Simon cares about animals and has a history of liberating animals who’ve been kept in cages. “I get to watch these animals that have been in concrete bunkers their whole lives take their first step on grass,” he told Shriver.
4. Dog rescue haven in Malibu
Simon is doing everything he can to rescue unwanted or lost pooches and find them a home, including funding a facility to help them in Malibu.
5. Partnership with PETA
Ingrid Newkirk, founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, also known as PETA, jumped at the chance to partner with Simon and is planning a “series of animal liberations” for him to participate in.
Now we have three reasons why Simon is making us feel awkward.
1. Using cancer to “pick up chicks”
Does Simon really mean he’s working his cancer to get with the ladies? We think that’s just a weird thing to say.
2. Cancer is good for publicity
“If you want publicity… cancer is the greatest thing in the world,” Simon told Shriver. OK, we get that he’s trying to look at the glass as half full, but getting publicity isn’t something Simon’s ever struggled with.
3. No wife or kids
Though Simon was married to Jennifer Tilly from 1984 to 1991, he has no significant other or children to speak of. We wish he had an heir to carry on his amazing work with helping animals.