Harry Shearer is leaving the Simpson’s. He is a comedian, writer, voice artist, he worked with other projects to which include Saturday Night Live, the comedy band Spinal Tap and his radio program Le Show has tweeted that this early Thursday following twenty-six seasons. The Los Angeles, California native’s fans may now have to go on without the original Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders and Principal Skinner.
What has been said is that Shearer,
suggested that his apparent departure was linked to a dispute over contract terms.
He said in a series of tweets at around 12:30 a.m. ET that the move came “because I wanted what we’ve always had: the freedom to do other work.”
Appearing to confirm the move, “The Simpsons” showrunner Al Jean tweeted later on Thursday that Shearer’s characters would be “recast if Harry does not return.”
However, Jean disputed the reasons given by Shearer, saying the actor was offered the contract he wanted — the same deal as the other stars of the show — “and he still passed.”
“His statements implied he rejected final offer to do other projects, which we always let him do. It’s confusing.”
He also defended against dismayed fans’ accusations that Shearer had been mistreated, adding:
“My dream in life is for someone to treat me the way the Simpsons treated Harry.”
However, asked if Shearer could return to the show, Jean said:
“In life I never say never.”
Shearer’s tweets alleged the news had been delivered to him via the lawyer of executive producer James L. Brooks, who’d said: “Show will go on. Harry will not be part of it, wish him the best.”
“Thanks, Simpsons fans, for your support.”
The show has also been picked up for another two seasons, the rest of the cast have signed contract extensions and production of the next season, which is twenty-seven and it has already begun Shearer, this is according to Variety.
However, Fox has not responded to requests for comment.
Following Shearer’s announcement, fans flooded Twitter with messages of support, as well as concerns that the, “
The Simpsons” would not be the same without the loss of some of its key personalities.