‘Simpsons’ Contract Dispute Means Your Favorite Characters Could Lose Their Voice

May 15, 2015 at 9:30 am |

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.

Harry Shearer, voice actor and originator of characters like Mr. Burns and Ned Flanders, has abruptly left “The Simpsons.”