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Excellent: Harry Shearer—Voice of Mr. Burns, Flanders, More—Is Coming Back to The Simpsons


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Looks like The Simpsons won’t have to make do without the original voice of Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, and more after all. According to Entertainment Weekly, voice actor Harry Shearer has agreed to come back to the show. From EW:

Shearer has signed the same contract as did the other five primary voice actors—Dan Castellaneta, Yeardley Smith, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, and Hank Azaria—keeping the show’s original cast fully intact …

When Shearer tweeted that he was leaving the show back in May, showrunner Al Jean released a statement saying that his characters would not be retired, as others had in the past when major voice actors left, but instead that they would be “recast with the finest voiceover talent available.” Luckily, Shearer’s return was quick enough to avoid that scenario, meaning that his characters will sound the same as they always have when the show returns on Sept. 27.