Actor Harry Shearer, known as the voices of Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Mr. Smithers, Seymour Skinner and so on, seems to be leaving “The Simpsons,” he says.
In two late-night tweets from Shearer’s verified Twitter account, the long-time cartoon series actor implied he was done.
from James L. Brooks' lawyer: "show will go on, Harry will not be part of it, wish him the best.". (1/2)— Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) May 14, 2015
Brooks is the co-creator and an executive producer of "The Simpsons."
This because I wanted what we've always had: the freedom to do other work. Of course, I wish him the very best. (2/2)— Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) May 14, 2015
Shearer could not be reached for additional comment.
Hours after the initial tweets, Shearer commented on the response.
Thanks, Simpsons fans, for your support.— Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) May 14, 2015
His name began trending on Twitter following the announcement.
On May 4, the Fox Broadcasting Company announced it renewed "The Simpsons" for a 27th and 28th season, taking the series to 625 episodes.
The show, which premiered in 1989, has won numerous awards, including 31 Emmys, 31 Annie Awards and a 2015 People's Choice Award, according to Fox.
12:25 a.m. This story has been updated with a new tweet from Shearer.
11:51 p.m.: This story has been updated with additional information throughout.
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