In response to the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests, the entertainment industry has done some serious reevaluating of their practices in regards to race. Perhaps most specifically is the decision by several animated television programs to replace white voice actors playing people of color with voice actors of the correct ethnicity...
Years from now, we’ll all look back fondly on those crazy couple of weeks when Harry Shearer had apparently left The Simpsons and his 20+ voices behind over ambiguous contract issues. That said, don’t let Harry Shearer know you suspect it all smoke and mirrors. It “wasn’t a stunt,” he’s super-serious!
Most excellent news, Simpsons fans. Fan-diddily-an favorite Harry Shearer will not be leaving the series behind after all, and has officially signed a contract to keep his iconic voices in place when Season 27 airs this fall.
Early fans of The Simpsons will recall any of several iconic Sideshow Bob episodes, though the character’s menace has diminished somewhat over the years. Now, producers confirm that Kelsey Grammer’s dulcet tones will return in Season 27 as Bob finally accomplishes his decades-long dream of killing one Bart Simpson.
The Simpsons dealt a shocking blow the other night when mainstay series voice Harry Shearer implied his departure over Twitter, leaving behind a crucial stable of fan-favorite characters. Now, Simpsons boss Al Jean has opened up on the departure, feeling “baffled” by the actor’s demands, and considering potential replacements.
The Simpsons isn’t just a television show — it’s a cultural institution. It’s hard to imagine the pop culture landscape without Fox’s venerable animated sitcom, which has stuck around for nearly 30 years despite losing its satiric fangs about 14 years ago.
The Simpsons has gone on long enough that fans will inevitably face cast departure or a potential end to the series, but despite the recent renewal for Seasons 27 and 28, that end may already be in sight. Iconic Simpsons mainstay Harry Shearer appears to have revealed his exit from the long-running FOX animated series, and not even Ned Flanders could find the optimism here.