The Voice of TV’s Favorite Animated News Anchor is Going Silent

By Chris Ariens 

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Harry Shearer won’t be back for season 27 of The Simpsons. Shearer and the show could not come to an agreement on a new contract.

So now, TV news anchor Kent Brockman, billionaire nuclear power plant owner Monty Burns, and his personal assistant Waylon Smithers and dozens of other characters will sound a little different next season, if we hear from them at all. Show runner Al Jean says, “The show will go on.” On Twitter, Shearer wrote one of the sticking points to a new deal was, “I wanted what we’ve always had: the freedom to do other work.” Later, he thanked fans:

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