TELE­VI­SION ‘The Simp­sons’ Gets Two More Sea­sons — With­out Harry Shearer

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In a seem­ingly per­fect def­i­ni­tion of good news-bad news, The Simp­sons has been picked up for two more sea­sons, but they will be with­out the iconic voice of Harry Shearer, who left the pro­gram in a con­tract dis­pute.

The two ad­di­tional sea­sons will the 27th and 28th for the long-run­ning Fox se­ries, which re­cently con­cluded its 26th sea­son. The ex­ten­sion will bring the se­ries’ episode count to a whop­ping 625 episodes.

Mean­while, Shearer’s de­par­ture has the show’s pro­duc­ers say­ing they will re-cast the many iconic roles he voiced, in­clud­ing Mr. Burns, Ned Flan­ders and Smithers.

The Simp­sons showrun­ner Al Jean wrote in an email to the press: “Harry Shearer was of­fered the same deal the rest of the cast ac­cepted, and passed. The show will go on and we wish him well. Mag­gie took it hard.”

The ac­tor said over Twit­ter: “I wanted what we’ve al­ways had: the free­dom to do other work.”

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