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This is a sad day for Simpsons fans. Harry Shearer, the voice behind Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Mr. Smithers, Principal Skinner, Dr. Hibbert, and many more beloved characters, is reportedly leaving the show due to contract disputes. While I’m holding out hope that things will be worked out, things are looking pretty grim with executive producer James L. Brooks’ lawyer stating that the “show will go on, Harry will not be part of it, wish him the best.”
Shearer retaliated with the following tweet:
This because I wanted what we’ve always had: the freedom to do other work. Of course, I wish him the very best. (2/2)
— Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) May 14, 2015
He followed up with another tweet thanking his fans for their support.
Who knows what this will mean for the wonderful characters Shearer voiced. They’re far too popular to just get rid of, so chances are the producers will just find someone to replace the talented performer. Hmm, yeah, not sure how that’ll work. Shearer is irreplaceable. And once you start getting rid of the actors who have made this show what it is, what’s the point of watching?
Article Source: Entertainment Weekly