Friday, April 19, 2024

Harry Shearer Is Leaving “The Simpsons” After 27 Years, He Says Over Schedule


Harry Shearer has been with “The Simpsons” since Day 1, 27 years ago, when the comic series was part of “The Tracy Ullman Show.” He’s voiced Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Principal Skinner, Otto, Smithers, and many other characters over the years. But on Twitter this morning he announced that he’s leaving. He says his departure is not about money, but about time.

Shearer has always been involved in other projects including his excellent You Tube series, “Nixon’s the One.” He also regularly tours with singer songwriter wife Judith Owen. Apparently negotiations have been going on for a while. But the whole thing exploded this morning at the Fox upfronts.

The show says they’ll replace him. But Shearer, who famously starred in “This is Spinal Tap” and often appeared on “Saturday Night Live” in its early days, is irreplaceable. Maybe the two sides can still work it out. Springfield won’t be the same!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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