71- year old actor, Harry Shearer, who has been the voice behind Mr Burns and Ned Flanders in The Simpsons, has announced his departure on Twitter to his 108,000 followers early this morning.
He shared a quote from the lawyer of The Simpsons producer James L. Brooks which said: “Show will go on, Harry will not be part of it, wish him the best.”.
He followed up with a second tweet reading, “This because I wanted what we’ve always had: the freedom to do other work. Of course, I wish him the very best.”
It appears that The Simpsons star wants to work on other projects. He has enjoyed a long career in the film and television industry, with credits in This is Spinal Tap and Saturday Night Live.
The news has been met with shock with many fans posting their distress.
Joe Sheridan-Ruddy posted: “there is no way that the Simpsons can go on without Shearer. Look what happened to Newcastle.
While Sternberg Clarke wrote: “The Simpsons will never be the same. R.I.P Mr. Burns, Kent Brockman, Reverend Lovejoy and the great Ned Flanders. Rest In Pencils.”
However, it appears that the response has been positive toward with actor, with Harry thanking fans for their support at his decision.
Harry has voiced numerous characters on the long-running series since its debut in 1989, including Principal Skinner, Kent Brockman and Reverend Lovejoy.
The Simpsons is the longest-running sitcom in US history and Fox recentled.