The Simpsons: Harry Shearer to Return After Reaching New Deal

Peace has been restored in Springfield.

Harry Shearer, who has been embroiled in a contentious and very public contract dispute with The Simpsons, has signed a new contract with the venerable Fox series, TVLine has confirmed.

The fresh pact ensures that Shearer will continue to voice such characters as Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Waylon Smithers and Principal Skinner for the foreseeable future.

Last month, Shearer announced on Twitter that his contract was not being renewed. (Fox recently picked up The Simpsons for Seasons 27 and 28.) Quoting Simpsons EP James L. Brooks’ attorney, tweeted, “Show will go on, Harry will not be part of it, wish him the best.” Shearer then added: “This because I wanted what we’ve always had: the freedom to do other work.”

Exec producer Al Jean fired back at Shearer, telling the New York Times that, “Harry was offered the same deal the rest of the cast accepted, and passed. The show will go on and we wish him well. Maggie took it hard. We do not plan to kill off characters like Burns and Flanders but will recast with the finest voiceover talent available.”

Fellow EP James L. Brooks insisted at the time that talks with Shearer were still on going. “We’re still trying,” he tweeted, adding, “Harry, no kidding, let’s talk.”

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  1. Luke says:

    I almost wish he didn’t come back. The guy who gets paid $4.5 mil a year, literally phones in his lines while living in England, complains about not being given enough freedom? Dump him and get somebody who does a perfect Mr. Burns impression and will happily take a tenth of his salary.

    • Tom Whiting says:

      You’re not wrong. This guy is just selfish and greedy here. So many things wrong with his attitude it’s not funny

    • dman6015 says:

      He’s always been a Class A d-bag. But it’s all for the art! BTW – the contract he rejected a couple of months ago was for $14 million over two seasons.

    • A fan of TV says:

      Everyone may not be worth what they ask for, but they are most certainly worth what they are paid. You can’t hold against Shearer the terms of contracts that, previously, Fox had no issues with.

    • Websnap says:

      I’m not sure if you are aware of the contract stipulations, but the deal was that all the voice actors could perform live in anything they wanted but voiceover work was only to be done with 20th Century Fox and they were paid handsomely. Because he is so talented at a range of voices he felt he was being held back at what he was good at so they were negotiating. That’s all this was.

      • A fan of TV says:

        Yes but I was merely commenting on the notion that he collects millions and literally phones in his lines. Always been that way and you CNT hold those terms against an employee, just the employer who agrees to them. I wasn’t commenting on the dispute as it was.

  2. robandco says:

    Seriously, I know voice acting is just as hard as acting if not more, but come on, they are paid like superstars for not that much work. Actors can be so ungrateful sometimes. I know maybe he never thought he’d embark on a 27 year adventure but come on. It’s not like it is a 40+ hours per week job.

  3. Timot says:

    I am very happy that Harry Shearer is going to continue on The Simpsons! His voice has been a major part of the show’s popularity. He gets paid well for his work!

  4. Jim J. says:

    Has anyone noticed that these press releases and news reports stating that with its recent two-season renewal, “The Simpsons” will reach 625 episodes? Seasons 27 and 28 will each have to have 25 episodes to reach that exact amount At the current rate of 22 episodes per season, the number of “Simpsons” episodes will actually be 618 by the time S28 ends.

    Also, if the show and its voice cast/crew are aging, then how about “The Simpsons” does shorter seasons in the future? Like, about 16 to 18 episodes per season?

  5. Ginger Snap says:

    Glad Shearer will still continue on the show. Let’s be real here. He’s not being paid the kind of money that Tom Brady makes. He’s being paid what the market will bear. Outsiders don’t know how to read “posturing” by the for the show and Fox. They were always going to make a deal. Just had to wait until both sides felt the pressure of a deadline before they came to terms.

    • hud says:

      Maybe Fox should think about some new writer’s. Simpons ceased to be funny several yrs back (opinion only). Halloween ep. the best. Good writing is better than good voicing,(opinion only) mine. Many classics early, not so many lately.

  6. Bob Backus says:

    So will all those fans on here that insisted it wasn’t about the money now admit that it was ALL about the money?