Harry Shearer Returning To The Simpsons After Originally Quitting Show
Harry Shearer has settled his dispute with “The Simpsons” and will be returning to the show, following his May announcement that he was quitting the series because producers wouldn’t allow him “freedom to do other work.” Shearer provides the voices for a number of the show’s key characters, including Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, and Principal Skinner. Shearer insisted his battle with the network was never over money, but rather the flexibility of his schedule. Whatever those issues were, they have now been worked out, and Shearer has signed a contract to stay on with the show for at least the next four seasons.
Shearer presumably also made amends with executive producer Al Jean, who took a dig at the actor after he said he was leaving. As Gossip Cop reported, Jean told the New York Times that, “Harry was offered the same deal the rest of the cast accepted, and passed. The show will go on and we wish him well. Maggie took it hard. We do not plan to kill off characters like Burns and Flanders but will recast with the finest voiceover talent available.” Jean later tweeted, “The show will go on, made by people who love it and see in it the most wonderful vehicle for satire ever.” After Shearer announced his return to the show on Tuesday, Jean clarified the situation, “I would like to clear up a misunderstanding. I have recently been told that during a period where Harry Shearer believed he had a five week free period from the Simpsons, I was unaware of this fact, and did in fact request material from him. If so, my bad. I am truly glad he is returning to the show.”
Of course, Shearer’s roles will now not be recast. Along with a photo of several characters cheering, the official Twitter account of “The Simpsons” tweeted, “We are extremely pleased to announce that all principal cast members of #TheSimpsons have now been signed. Woo Hoo!” Tell us what you think about Shearer returning to “The Simpsons.”