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Thread: Harry Shearer leaving The Simpsons

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    Default Harry Shearer leaving The Simpsons

    the show has been on for over 25 years. I'm surprised this is the first time they've really had to deal with something like this other than Phil Hartman's death.

    'The Simpsons' -- Have a Cow, Bart ... Harry Shearer Is OFF THE SHOW! | TMZ.com

    'The Simpsons'

    Have a Cow, Bart ...

    Harry Shearer Is OFF THE SHOW!



    Every Simpsons' fans worst nightmare just came true -- Harry Shearer ... one of the key voices on the show is leaving after contract talks broke down.

    According to Shearer ... co-creator and executive producer James L. Brooks' attorney broke the news that Harry would "not be part of" the show going forward.

    TMZ broke the story ... Shearer was the last cast member left to sign on for the 2 year extension FOX recently announced. Our sources said the 71-year-old actor had issues with the back end and merchandising parts of his contract, and refused to sign.

    On Twitter Wednesday night, Shearer said the breakdown was because he wanted "freedom to do other work."

    It's a major blow to the longest running show on TV. Shearer voiced neighbor Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Mr. Burns, Smithers, Kent Brockman ... and a ton of minor characters. In all, he's given voice to well over 100 citizens in Springfield.

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    It'd been a sinking ship since season 11.
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    That is a lot characters! It won't be the same without him.
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    I haven't watched in years but I used to love it. It sucks he's leaving but I bet you someone can mimic him close enough if they go in that direction.
    I am going to come and burn the fucking house down... but you will blow me first."

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    Quote Originally Posted by gas_chick View Post
    I haven't watched in years but I used to love it. It sucks he's leaving but I bet you someone can mimic him close enough if they go in that direction.
    That's what I'm thinking they'll do as well.

    Just get someone else that can do the voices perfectly like his.
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    I enjoy his radio show on NPR. Very irreverent but on point and funny.
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    You know it's time to retire from The Simpsons when Montgomery Burns looks like your sprightly younger brother.
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    Love his work on The Simpsons and love him in Spinal Tap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HWBL View Post
    Love his work on The Simpsons and love him in Spinal Tap.
    He was great in Spinal Tap...the scene where he's trapped on stage in that phallic pod thing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Air Quotes View Post
    It'd been a sinking ship since season 11.
    I'd have to sadly agree.

    Season 10 or 11 were really the last truly great seasons of The Simpsons.

    Just has been running on fumes these past few years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MohandasKGanja View Post
    You know it's time to retire from The Simpsons when Montgomery Burns looks like your sprightly younger brother.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gas_chick View Post
    I haven't watched in years but I used to love it. It sucks he's leaving but I bet you someone can mimic him close enough if they go in that direction.
    Kermit was never the same after Jim Henson died. The new guy always sounded wrong.

    But I haven't watched The Simpsons in years so I probably won't even notice.
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    Yeah I agree with you totally but I still think that's what they will do. They aren't going to just get rid of so many characters but I'm reading they are still negotiating with him at this point.
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    NOOOOOOOOOO!!!! This is the end of the show. And I feel like the Simpsons last great season was season eight, but then again I'm a purist.
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    Yeah I don't know how they are going to do this. Recast? Write off half the town and introduce new people?
    Is he not even doing a final season to give us a proper Ned send off? We were cheated out of a good Krabappel send off, though the sweet moment at the end of an episode was great.
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