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Simpsons Producers Vow Show Will Continue Without Harry Shearer

As The Simpsons rattles on into its 270th season, it may do so without one of its main voices: Harry Shearer, who tweeted early Thursday that he was leaving the show, potentially over a contract dispute:

Shearer was the voice of dozens of Simpsons characters, including many essentials, such as Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, Seymour Skinner, and more. (Not for nothing, but he also voiced their Bill Clinton, which just might come in handy next year.) The rest of the staff has signed two-year contract extensions, taking the show through its 28th season.

Executive producer Al Jean tweeted that the show will continue without Shearer, recasting if necessary:

(Notice, as Brian Stelter pointed out, the “if” in that sentence, suggesting Shearer’s departure is not final.)

Below is a non-exhaustive list of characters Shearer voiced, via the Simpsons Wiki. Rumors that season 10 was the last reliably good season and that season 13 was the last season with any redeeming merit went unconfirmed at press time.

Ned Flanders
Charles Montgomery Burns
Waylon Smithers
Seymour Skinner
Dr. Hibbert
Lenny Leonard
Kent Brockman
Scratchy
Kang
Eddie
Otto Mann
Rev. Lovejoy
Rainier Wolfcastle
Jasper
Dewey Largo
Sanjay
Dr. Marvin Monroe
Jebediah Springfield
Marty
Herman
Judge Roy Snyder
Bill Clinton
Clancy Bouvier
Dr. J. Loren Pyror
George H. W. Bush
Nigel
Maggie Simpson (using his Kang voice)
President Arnold Schwarzenegger
Freak Show Manager
Guy who Doesn’t Know if He’s Sarcastic
London Symphony Orchestra
Pig Guy
Al Gore
John Travolta
Bort (Man)
Skull
Kissing Cop
Toll Booth Man
Guard
Zookeper
Comedian
Cameraman
Phil the Alien
Bank Owner
Sailor
Man on Video
Regular Teacher
Telegram Man
Fat Prisoner
Texan 1
Texan 2
Plastic Surgeon
Man at Graduation
Admiral Mann
Man 1 in Future
Man 3 at Gas Station
Shelbyville Homer
Hugh Jass
Sam (barfly)

[Image via Albert H. Teich / Shutterstock.com]

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