Harry Shearer leaves ‘The Simpsons’

Bad news, Simpsons fans. Harry Shearer, one of the starring voice talents, has left the show.

The Simpsons showrunner Al Jean confirmed that the show is moving forward without the incredibly talented Shearer.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The actor and comedian — who has been with The Simpsons since its origins on The Tracey Ullman Show — was the lone cast holdout in the latest round of negotiations, with the rest of the talent having signed on for seasons 27 and 28.”

Fierce negotiations and salary disputes from the show’s voice talent are unfortunate issues that have plagued the show in recent years. But, apparently, money isn’t what lead to Shearer’s departure.

On Thursday, May 14, Shearer tweeted:

Naturally, people assume money is the issue. But Shearer says the real issue is creative freedom.

This is a tremendous blow to the show. It’s hard to imagine the future of The Simpsons being “excellent,” or even “okily dokily.” I mean, Shearer voices more than twenty characters on the show.

(Credit: @Jishai)
(Credit: @Jishai)

Let’s imagine what will happen to Springfield without Shearer’s characters.

Religion will fade away (Revered Lovejoy, Ned Flanders).

So long, nuclear power (Charles Montgomery Burns, Waylon Smithers).

The students at Springfield Elementary will no longer have anyone to be on them like a numerator on a denominator (Principal Skinner). And, poor Superintendent Chalmers won’t have anyone to yell at.

Students won’t be able to get to school anymore. But their lives will probably be safer because of it (Otto Mann).

Lenny and Carl will become just Carl (Lenny Leonard).

Kodos will lose her brother (Kang).

The Itchy & Scratchy Show will become really boring (Scratchy).

Healthcare will go to the crapper because everyone will be forced to see Dr. Nick for everything (Dr. Julius Hibbert).

Springfieldians might really have to start watching Fox news, because the local anchor will go off the air (Kent Brockman).

Lawlessness (Judge Roy Snyder).

Godlessness (God).

It’s unclear at this point how the show plans to move forward without Shearer. But, that is the plan.

It’s hard to imagine Springfield without all Shearer’s characters. And, it would be awful if they try to have someone else voice those characters. It will be interesting, and potentially sad, to see what Springfield looks like in season 27.

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