Good news has arrived for all fans of The Simpsons after it was confirmed by the official Twitter account of the show that all principle cast members, including Harry Shearer, had signed new contracts. This means that the Spinal Tap member would not be giving up his roles on the cartoon, something that Mr. Burns would probably describe as, “Excellent.”
When it comes to shows lasting a long time, an inevitable truth is that some characters will either move on or be retired in one form or another. For cartoons, that’s true to an extent, but voice actors can honestly go on for awhile as long as they’re able to speak (so to speak).
The voice actor behind Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, Principal Skinner, Kent Brockman, Dr. Hibbert, Scratchy and Lenny (NOT LENNY!), and probably many others that don’t come to mind at the moment, has tweeted that contract negotiations between him and Fox have fallen through and he is now leaving the series after 26 years.