Harry Shearer Returns to The Simpsons After All

By James O Malley on at

Good news everyone! (Umm, wrong show). It seems that Mr Burns, Smithers, Lenny, Flanders, Apu, Reverend Lovejoy and a tonne of other characters won't by awkwardly beamed up to return to their home planet after all as voice actor Harry Shearer has signed back on to continue voicing the characters.

His return was in some doubt, as the voice actor had previously tweeted that he was leaving the show - but last night Entertainment Weekly confirmed that Shearer had struck a new deal.


Is is thought that part of the reason Shearer put up a fight is that he is keen to pursue non-Simpsons work - including his radio show, Le Show. Showrunner Al Jean tweeted the following after it was announced Shearer is returning - suggesting it was originally a dispute over time off:




This means that all five primary voice actors will be back for Season 27 and 28 - with the network having an "option" to go for seasons 29 and 30 too. Each of the actors will be taking home $300k an episode, which isn't bad work if you can get it.

Shearer has long been viewed as the least enthusiastic cast member by followers of the series. He doesn't even go into the office - literally phoning in his contributions during table reads for each episode. As Homer Simpson once said, "If you don’t like your job, you don’t strike, you just go in there every day and do it really half-assed. That’s the American way."

The news means that the long-running show will definitely reach a staggering 625 episodes - and Jean has already teased the fact that one episode in the next series will see Marge and Homer split up (again). Perhaps soon we'll see the episode where Marge becomes a robot or Moe gets a cellphone? [Entertainment Weekly]