Veteran voice actor Shearer back at 'The Simpsons' after contract dispute
NEW YORK - Harry Shearer and his many voices are returning to “The Simpsons” after a contentious and public contract dispute. Dueling tweets in May between Shearer and “Simpsons” executive producer Al Jean suggested Shearer might be leaving the Fox cartoon series, where he has voiced numer- ous key characters since it debuted in 1989. But Fox announced Tuesday that he will be alongside fellow cast members Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith and Hank Azaria for the series' 27th and 28th seasons. Shearer voices characters including Simpsons neighbour Ned Flanders, billionaire Mr. Burns and his kowtowing aide, Smithers.