Published On: Fri, May 15th, 2015

Harry Shearer Quits ‘The Simpsons’ After 26 Seasons

Leaves $14 Million on the table.

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After 26 years of voicing some of America’s most beloved television characters, comedian and actor Harry Shearer has decided to leave the “Simpsons.” The television star said that he could not come to terms with the producers on a new contract.

You know him and love him as the voice of Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, and so many more. It is hard to imagine the show without him. But its producers have said that it will not kill off the characters and instead look for a replacement for Shearer.

Apparently Shearer was not happy with the show for not allowing him the freedom to also work on other projects. The actor implied that The Simpsons’ producers wanted to change the terms of his deal and prevent him from continuing with his outside work.

He told CNN Money, “In last four years, I’ve created and starred in a UK TV series and starred on London stage. Not stopping.” CNN also reported that Shearer was offered $14 million for 2 more seasons.

Shearer tweeted, “Thanks, Simpsons fans, for your support, ” and “This because I wanted what we’ve always had: the freedom to do other work. Of course, I wish him the very best.”

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“Harry Shearer was offered the same deal the rest of the cast accepted, and passed, ” Simpsons executive producer Al Jean said in a statement. “The show will go on and we wish him well. Maggie took it hard.”

Shearer also tweeted, “from James L. Brooks’ lawyer: “show will go on, Harry will not be part of it, wish him the best.”

One of the show’s creators and current producers the Oscar and Emmy winning legend James L. Brooks is not pleased with Shearer’s decision. He tweeted, “Hey, we tried. We’re still trying. Harry, no kidding, let’s talk.”

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