Good news, “Simpsons” fans: Harry Shearer is headed back to Springfield.
After Shearer himself revealed earlier this year that he would not be coming back to the show for its upcoming 27th season, Variety reports today that Fox has locked him into a new deal that will see him return to the show, and give life to the plethora of characters that he helped to create. Shearer voices many of Springfield’s most prominent citizens, including Mr. Burns, Mr. Smithers, Ned Flanders, Dr. Hibbert, Kent Brockman, Otto the Bus Driver, Reverend Lovejoy, and many more.
The deal is reportedly through the full two-season renewal that the series earned earlier this year, which will guarantee Shearer’s involvement through both seasons 27 and 28. We’ll likely have to see if the show will be renewed beyond that point at a later date. When news of Shearer’s exit first broke, show creator Matt Groening stated that his roles would be recast rather than written out/killed off, which caused some fans to wonder who could possibly do the job that Shearer himself has done so consistently for so long, and for so many characters. Producers even publicly posted on social media channels saying that discussions would continue, with producer James L. Brooks tweeting, “Harry, no kidding, let’s talk.” It’s apparent now that those discussions proved fruitful.
Shearer’s decision to leave earlier this year apparently stemmed from his desire to want to do other work in between his time on “The Simpsons,” and when he was not given that assurance, he told them that he would not be returning. Shearer, along with main cast members Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith and Hank Azaria, have all been performing their roles on the show since 1989, and now with Shearer, they will all be back for at least two more seasons.
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