The Simpsons Loses Harry Shearer (Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, etc.)

Following the news that The Simpsons will be renewed for two more seasons, long-time Simpsons vet Harry Shearer has turned to Twitter to announce his departure from the show. Reports indicate Shearer was the only hold-out from the main cast due to his interests outside of voicing many iconic characters. The actor tweeted his announcement late last night:

The many characters Shearer voiced, including Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Waylon Smithers, Reverend Lovejoy, Dr. Hibbert, Lenny Leonard, Otto Mann, Rainier Wolfcastle, and many others will reportedly be re-cast. However, CNN Money reports the rumors may be a bit premature and that Shearer and The Simpsons producers are still currently negotiating a new deal, despite the aforementioned Twitter announcement.

This is a huge blow to the storied series and dedicated Simpsons fans. However, TV show holdouts are nothing new, and re-tooled contracts tend to pull through in the 11th hour. However, if this truly is Shearer’s departure from the show, we wish him nothing but the best.

[via USA Today]

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Geoff Henao is a writer/kinda photographer affiliated with the Chicago collective LOD. His interests include film, punk rock, cute girls, graphic novels, video games, and the Chicago Bulls. He's funny sometimes.

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