Harry Shearer To Leave ‘Simpsons,’ Producer Brooks Invites Him To Talk
Harry Shearer has been in the business for so long, but only the most devoted fans know him as Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Principal Skinner, Smithers and Otto from “The Simpsons.”
Shearer has used Twitter to announce that he is no longer returning to the long-running animated series. Reports have said that fans will get to see more of the yellow-skinned family as “The Simpsons” has just been extended for two more seasons.
The voice actor quoted the lawyer of show producer James L. Brooks.
The conflict seemed to have stemmed from the fact that Shearer’s contract with the show does not enable him to work for other projects.
TMZ has spoken to sources close to Harry.
“It was difficult for him not to come back,” the sources said. “He loves all 23 of his characters. If there’s a way to work this out and continue to have a career in addition to ‘The Simpsons’ he would be delighted.”
James L. Brooks, however, seemed determined to bring back his precious voice actor. He recently tweeted an invitation for him and Shearer to talk.