One of the most important voice actors on The Simpsons, Harry Shearer, is leaving the show after 26 seasons. Shearer shared the news on the Twitter last night.
Shearer voices an insane amount of characters on the shows, including Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Principal Skinner, Smithers, Lenny, Kent Brockman, Reverend Lovejoy, Otto, and many more in the nearly 600 episodes he recorded for through to the end of the current 26th season. Only Hank Azaria and Dan Castellaneta voice more characters than Shearer. You can get a visual of idea of just how important Shearer is to the cast right here.
You can read more and see what Shearer had to say below.
It was recently announced that The Simpsons had been renewed for two more seasons, bringing the total seasons up to 28, but TMZ was the first to report that the one of the crucial talents was holding out.
Here are the tweets that Shearer sent out sharing the bad news with fans and expressing his gratitude toward their support:
from James L. Brooks' lawyer: "show will go on, Harry will not be part of it, wish him the best.". (1/2)
Now, this will of course be devastating if things continue down this path and Shearer is actually done with The Simpsons. But it’s really hard to believe it’s true, and not just one of those disputes that are bound to happen from time to time when you have a show fast approaching 30 seasons.
It’s one thing to replace a voice actor who plays one character, but to replace or move on without someone who voiced over 20 of them can’t be possible…right?
What do you fans of The Simpsons think, can the show really go on without Shearer?