I’ve been watching The Simpsons since its 24th season, and I’m very amazed by the jokes the producers cracked at mainstream society through the characters and by the fact that the voice actors have the ability to portray a plethora of characters at once (except for Yeardley Smith, who voices Lisa Simpson alone). So when I heard that Harry Shearer, the voice behind Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, etc., was leaving the show after a Guinness world record-breaking 26 seasons, two words came to mind: “HOLY SHIT.”
According to several news outlets such as IGN and Daily Mail, Shearer left The Simpsons following a dispute regarding a $14 million contract–the same contract all the other voice actors signed. He declined the offer in pursuit of other entertainment ventures, such as stage production and radio shows.
While I respect Harry Shearer retiring from The Simpsons, I don’t really know how Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, and some of the other characters he voiced will sound with someone else–or with new voice actors, for that matter. Some people have already declared the show deceased due to the departure of the incredible talent of Shearer. I, on the other hand, have faith that The Simpsons will still be good regardless of these circumstances. The producers just need to find someone or some people who know Harry Shearer’s vocal patterns better than anyone else and they’ll be fine.