US TV network Fox has said all future seasons of 'The Simpsons' will be produced in black and white after admitting it the current economic climate meant it could no longer afford to add colour to the long-running comedy.
In a statement, it said although the series had grossed billions of pounds for the network, the broadcaster was eager to ensure all future episodes would be crude affairs.
Fox spokesman, Hilary Muff, felt, however, the incessant loyalty of the shows followers would render the minor cosmetic changes to its characters as irrelevant as the show itself had become.
She told reporters, 'We are extremely confident that viewers of 'The Simpsons' who have still not tired of the same gags being repeated over and over again will have no issue with watching the family in their colourless form.'
'In fact it may feel like a re-birth.'
'We too are confident that they will blissfully ignore the several thumbs that will now be appearing in each corner of their television screen as we flick through several thousand sheets of paper to create the cartoon effect.'
'Beside, we feel having a colourless family will make 'The Simpsons' a little more inclusive.'
Ms Muff went onto warn that if the economic climate was to deteriorate further, viewers could expect further changes that may need to accommodate.
'Do you know how many millions we pay out just for the voices of these characters?'
'There is a strong possibility they will be replaced with a sign language expert at the bottom of the screen, we would advise viewers to start taking lessons now.'
'On the plus point it should cover up one of those thumbs.'