Harry Shearer, who is considered to be one of the main voice actors for the long-running cartoon “The Simpsons,” has been confirmed to be leaving the show for good.
This has left fans distraught as the announcement caught them off guard.
Shearer is known for the voices that he gave to the following characters: Mr.
Burns, Ned Flanders, Seymour Skinner, Smithers, Otto, Lenny, Dr.
Hibbert, Reverend Lovejoy, and etcetera.
Having been in the show for a whopping 26 seasons, the 71-year-old was reported to have refused the offer that was given to him given that “The Simpsons” was renewed for two more seasons.
This offer was particularly a 14 Million dollar deal that allowed him the freedom to do outside projects, much like how it has remained through the years.
CNN Money reported that they were able to talk with showrunner Al Jean.
“As the Simpsons continues its 27th and 28th seasons, Harry Shearer will not be within the show,” he said.
“We do not plan to ‘kill off’ his characters, but replace them with the most talented members of the voice over community.” While his departure is reported to be his own decision, the producers, along with the public, are still hoping to get Shearer onboard for the following seasons, especially James Brooks, who is one of the original producers of the film.
“Hey, we tried,” he tweeted.
“We’re still trying.
Harry, no kidding, let’s talk.” Adding to this, Al Jean also said that they are hoping Harry will have a change of heart.
Entertainment Weekly was also able to conduct a short interview with him.
Upon being asked as to what happened, he answered saying it wasn’t over yet.
” Well, we’re still hoping he might come back,” said Jean.
“Nothing’s done ’til it’s done.
He tweeted that it was over, but…” “There’s an offer that the rest of the cast accepted, and Harry has not accepted it,” he added.
“It’s not going to change, because the rest of the cast took it.
So we’re hoping he does.
If he doesn’t within a certain period of time, we would have to recast-but we haven’t started.”