About a month ago, we reported that The Simpsons cast member Harry Shearer (voice of Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Smithers, Seymour Skinner, Otto and others) would not be returning to the series he’s been with for the last 26 years.
But! Fans may now rejoice, because according to TV Line, Shearer has settled his dispute and signed a new contract to stay with the show for the foreseeable future (The Simpsons was recently renewed for 2 more seasons).
During those public negotiations last month, executive producer Al Jean told the New York Times that Shearer was offered the same deal as his co-stars (including Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Dan Castellaneta, Yeardley Smith, and Hank Azaria), but declined to continue with the show (in other words … he wanted more money). On his Twitter, Shearer said he was looking forward to pursuing other work, and the plan at that time was to recast the characters.
Clearly, that’s no longer the case. The Simpsons will continue as it was and forever (perhaps) shall be. Springfield without end, amen.