Good morning, PopWatchers! Wanna brigten your Wednesday? Check out this 60 Minutes profile of Sam Simon, the co-creator of The Simpsons, who has turned his multi-million-dollar fortune into something highly unusual: A haven for dogs. Dude’s a dog nut! And the things he does — rescuing strays, training pups to look after deaf folks, taking pooches to visit lonely seniors — will melt your heart. They sure as heck make old Morley Safer all goofy-woofy. Awwww.
Still, two things really stood out to me as I was watching this story when it aired on Sunday night:
1. Simon gleefully admits that, thanks to residuals and licensing fees, he earns more than $10 million annually from a show that he hasn’t even worked on since 1993. Whoa! Now, I’m not one to tell people how to spend their money. And everybody loves dogs and The Simpsons. But, I mean, really, when you become a gazillionaire from what one person in the report calls, “a half-hour show of people, you know, with yellow faces,” don’t you have to pay some sort of karmic restitution? Like, go save a small, destitute country or two? Or, I dunno, cure sneezing? Just a thought.
2. Thanks to a favorable divorce settlement, Simon’s ex-wife also makes a mint off of The Simpsons. Hollywood. Typical. But who is this lucky lady? Why, she’s the famously buxom, squeaky, poker-playing, Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Tilly. WHOA!
As I said, GOOD MORNING! Your thoughts, dear friends?