After Months of Dispute, ‘Simpsons’ Actor Harry Shearer Will Not Leave Show

Jul 7, 2015 at 6:18 pm |

UPDATE: It was announced today (July 7), that Harry Shearer will in fact be returning to The Simpsons. He and the other original five voice actors have all renewed their contracts, which last for four seasons at an estimated $300,000 per episode. Back in May, we originally posted that Shearer would not be returning to the long-running show, citing a contract dispute. Shearer stated that it was never a financial dispute, merely that he wanted The Simpsons to grant him the freedom to also pursue other projects. The news is nothing short of excellent.

Following a contract dispute, veteran Simpsons voice actor Harry Shearer will be leaving the show. His sudden departure comes after 26 seasons of work on the famous series, and along with his absence will come the silence of some of the show’s most representative characters.

Shearer originated the voices of Ned Flanders, Montgomery Burns and Smithers, Dr. Hibbert, Seymour Skinner, Rev. Lovejoy, and Kent Brockman.

Whether or not you knew it, you’ve listened to Shearer’s many voices in over 600 episodes of The Simpsons, but no more. After releasing several tweets last night (May 13), it was announced that Shearer will not be returning for the show’s 27th and 28th seasons, and that other voice actors will be auditioning for his former roles.

The series has confirmed that his characters will continue to appear on the program.

In spite of the upsetting news, Simpsons producers remain hopeful that Shearer will come back to the show.

You won’t have to say goodbye to “The Simpsons” any time soon. Now THAT was a close one!