Television writer Sam Simon, who co-created “The Simpsons” and directed “The Drew Carey Show,” is facing down a terminal colon cancer diagnosis by planning to donate his millions to charity.
Simon, 58, has three to six months to live, according to his doctors. The small screen guru, who has won nine Emmys, plans to pledge the earnings from his royalties to philanthropic organizations after his death.
The producer is particularly passionate about animal rights and feeding the hungry, and sees no problem with giving away his considerable fortune.
“When I woke up in the hospital, even though I did have a will, it did become that much more important to me to set this stuff up for the future,” Simon said. “It’s something that will be living after I’m gone.”