Harry Shearer is Leaving ‘The Simpsons’

By May 14, 2015

One of the most prominent cast members of Fox’s long-running animated sitcom “The Simpsons” is no longer going to be on the show.

Harry Shearer, who has voiced pivotal characters like Ned Flanders and Mr. Burns — as well as a plethora of supporting characters like Principal Skinner, Dr. Hibbert, Kent Brockman, Otto the bus driver, Reverend Lovejoy, and countless others – announced the news on his own Twitter page. See his tweets below.

Recently renewed for two more seasons, “The Simpsons” will be airing its 26th season finale this weekend. It’s kind of unfathomable to think how the show can continue without Shearer’s vocal chords behind it, because he alone has populated so much of Springfield, USA over the course of its nearly thirty year run. By the end of the 28th season, the show will have a staggering 625 episodes behind it, and already holds the distinguished titles of longest-running American sitcom, longest-running American animated program, and longest-running American scripted primetime television series.

While the loss of characters is no stranger to the show with a number of cast members having left the show for a number of reasons over the years, it’s hard to think of how the producers would be able to replace or replicate the sheer number of characters that Shearer has voiced there during his tenure. Whether they choose to retire every single character that he voiced, or attempt to recast, this is definitely a problem that the series will have to contend with over the next two seasons.

For more on this as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation.

Chris Clow
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