One of the most recognisable voice cast members of “The Simpsons”, Harry Shearer, is leaving the long-running animated series after twenty-six seasons.
Shearer revealed the news in a tweet on Wednesday night, citing the reason for his departure as: “Because I wanted what we’ve always had: the freedom to do other work.”
The voice cast of the show recently signed two-year extensions for a twenty-seventh and twenty-eighth season. “Simpsons” executive producers Matt Groening, Al Jean and Brooks say in a statement that: “Harry Shearer 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.”
Amongst Shearer’s characters are Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner and dozens of supporting characters or one-offs ranging from Rainier Wolfcastle to God, The Devil and Hitler.
Rather than killing off his characters, the show will recast them “with the finest voiceover talent available”.