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Benjy, Ireland's Gay Bull, Saved by Simpsons Producer Sam Simon

Benjy, Ireland's Gay Bull, Saved by Simpsons Producer Sam Simon

Originally posted 11/18/2014 11:20AM

He faced execution for failure to perform. But Benjy, the gay bull of Ireland, has been saved following a worldwide appeal backed by The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon.

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Simpsons Co-Creator, with Terminal Cancer, Gives Away His TV Fortune | Sam Simon

Simpsons Co-Creator, with Terminal Cancer, Gives Away His TV Fortune

Originally posted 07/28/2013 05:00PM

Sam Simon, who made a fortune as co-creator of The Simpsons, is enjoying giving away untold millions as he battles terminal colon cancer.

The nine-time Emmy-winning writer-producer, 58, says he is using his wealth to, among other causes, help shut down roadside zoos and abusive animal shows, fund a dog-rescue haven in Malibu, and fight hunger, he tells the Hollywood Reporter.

"I get pleasure from it. I love it. I don't feel like it is an obligation," says Simon, who more than 20 years ago co-created the animated FOX phenomenon with cartoonist Matt Groening.

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