He said: 'The thing about animals that speaks to me so much is that my passion for the animals and against animal abuse is based on the knowledge that these creatures which think and feel can't speak for themselves.' However, in a statement sent to Daily Mail.com, the Simon Trust - which is overseen by Simon's former business manager Julie Miller - said the late TV veteran had 'carefully planned every detail of his trust'.
Sam Simon net worth: Sam Simon was an American director, television producer and writer who had a net worth of $100 million.
Simon's relationship with Groening was strained and he left the show in 1993, negotiating a pay-off which saw him receive tens of millions of dollars from the show's revenue each year.
The following year Simon co-created The George Carlin Show, before later working as a director on shows such as The Drew Carey Show.
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