Actor Harry Shearer, the voice of Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, and Reverend Lovejoy among others, has announced on Twitter that he is leaving The Simpsons after 582 episodes of the show. According to tweets, Shearer is leaving because of a contract dispute over “the freedom to do other work.”
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
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
Simpsons producer James. L. Brooks responded on Twitter encouraging Shearer to continue negotiations, and show runner Al Jean has said the show will go on without him.
Hey, we tried. We’re still trying. Harry, no kidding, let’s talk. — james l. brooks (@canyonjim) May 14, 2015
.@thesimpsons #everysimpsonsever The show will go on, made by people who love it and see in it the most wonderful vehicle for satire ever.
— Al Jean (@AlJean) May 14, 2015
photo via Harry Shearer