Thursday, May 14, 2015

Not Excellent: Harry Shearer Has Been Fired From The Simpsons

Harry Shearer, the actor who has been the voices of a number of characters on The Simpsons since the show premiered on Fox in 1989, tweeted Wednesday night that he has been fired from the show. He wrote on Twitter that he received notice from a lawyer of James L. Brooks, The Simpsons’ co-creator, that the “show will go on, Harry will not be a part of it.”

This isn't just some small part of the show not returning.  This is saying goodbye to Reverend Lovejoy, Kent Brockman, Dr. Hibbert, Otto, Principal Skinner, Mr. Burns, and God Blessed Ned Flanders.

How can there even be a show after that?

Never before has the word "D'oh!" been more appropriate.

In a second tweet, Shearer wrote that he wanted “the freedom to do other work,” and that was the cause of the dispute.

Shearer has been the voice of over a dozen Simpsons characters. If it’s true that he won’t be with the show going forward, it’s unclear when his voice will no longer be heard given the long lead time between when the animated series is made and when it airs. Earlier this month, Fox renewed the still popular Simpsons for two more seasons. In September, it will begin its 27th season.

This isn’t the first time the relationship between Simpsons actors and the show’s management has been acrimonious. In 2011, a group of core Simpsons performers demanded a slice of its lucrative backend: money that comes not from salaries, but from merchandising and syndication. They ended up losing that battle. Shearer was the public voice of that disagreement.

Representatives at Fox and for Shearer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

As a person who still watches The Simpsons and the only person I know who still enjoys it, this is a sad fucking day.

Representation of me right now.

Guess it is time to go buy some donuts and beer and wallow in this until I pass out.  It's what Homer would want....

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