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Harry Shearer has left The Simpsons… and trust us, Simpsons fans, this is a big deal.

May 14th, 2015 by Marc 1 Comment

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So, normally when a voice actor leaves a TV series most people will think it’s not a big deal… just recast, right? Well, trust us, it’s not that easy; especially when it’s someone like the great Harry Shearer.

Shearer was reportedly in negotiations with the men behind The Simpsons last week as he wasn’t happy with the terms of his contract and was holding off from signing on while the rest of the cast all were back on board.

We didn’t report it because, frankly, it felt a little gossipy. But it looks like it all took a turn for the worst for Shearer, the show and especially the fans.

Shearer has now confirmed on Twitter that he is gone from the show, saying: “This is because I wanted what we’ve always had: the freedom to do other work”.

With Shearer voicing, among others, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Mr Burns, Waylon Smithers, Lenny, Jasper, Otto, Kent Brockman, Reverend Lovejoy, Kang, Rainier Wolfcastle, Radioactive Man and Julius Hibbert, it’s almost impossible to imagine the show going into seasons 27 and 28 without him.

With his cast of characters being so broad and including my favourite character (and one of my favourite TV characters of all-time) C Montgomery Burns, I’m not sure if the show will ever be the same without him.

Whatever the outcome, he will be missed…

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….