Boo-urns. Harry Shearer, who voices characters like Mr. Burns and Ned Flanders, has left the show after 26 years.
Shearer revealed on Twitter Wednesday night that he wouldn't be returning to the show he's been on since it launched in 1989.
Thanks, Simpsons fans, for your support.— 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
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
The news was confirmed by longtime "Simpsons" showrunner Al Jean on Twitter.
So what happens to the characters Shearer voiced? Jean said in the interview, "Yes, Burns and Flanders will not die. They are great characters and will continue."
Besides Mr. Burns and Ned Flanders, Shearer also provided voices for Smithers, Seymour Skinner, Reverend Lovejoy, Kent Brockman, Dr. Hibbert, Lenny and Otto.