The versatile voice actor Harry Shearer is returning to the “Simpsons.”
Harry Shearer inked a contract on the same terms as the other voice cast of the “Simpsons”: Dan Castellaneta, Yeardley Smith, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright and Hank Azaria and according to which each cast member will be paid more than $300,000 per episode. Harry Shearer will be back for the 27th and 28th season of the Simpsons, which will take the series to a whopping tally of 625 episodes.
Fox, the broadcaster of the iconic animated series confirmed it in a statement on Tuesday. “Following the announcement of The Simpsons renewal for an unprecedented 27th and 28th seasons, Fox is proud to confirm that each and every member of the iconic series’ voice cast will be returning in the roles they’ve brought to life since the shows beginnings as a series of animated shorts nearly 30 years ago.”
Harry Shearer, who provides voices to the characters of Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders and Principal Skinner, left the show on May 13 amid a contract dispute. He was reportedly delaying the proceedings by not signing the contract. Shearer revealed on Twitter that he will no longer be a part of the Simpsons. But the show will carry on without him.
Shearer was one of the six principle characters of the “Simpsons” who was involved in the show since 1989. One of the executive producers of the show Al Jean was hopeful that Shearer might come back and continue working on the show.
“We’re still hoping he might come back. Nothing is done till it’s done. He tweeted that it was over, but…there is an offer that the rest of the cast accepted, and Harry has not accepted it. It’s not going to change, because the rest of the cast took it. So, we’re hoping he does.” Al Jean said in a interview following the departure of Harry Shearer.
truly glad he is returning to the show.
— Al Jean (@AlJean) July 7, 2015
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 7, 2015
The Simpsons’ executives and voice cast has a long history of disputes over payments. They first got into a serious conflict in 1998 when the cast demanded a share of licensing, merchandising and TV syndication revenue. Sometimes, executives rejected their demands while other times their pays have been increased. Nevertheless, the tussle continued and expected to go on in the years to come.