The Simpsons' Jewish Actor Is Back After Contract Dispute

Harry Shearer signs on to series' 27th and 28th seasons, ensuring Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders and Smithers will continue having a presence in the show.

Mr. Burns, left, and his assistant Smithers, both voiced by Harry Shearer, in a scene from the long-running animated series, The Simpsons.
Mr. Burns, left, and his assistant Smithers, both voiced by Harry Shearer, in a scene from the long-running animated series, The Simpsons.Credit: Fox / AP

Exxx-cellent – the voice of Mr. Burns will be back in the next two seasons of The Simpsons, now that Harry Shearer has settled a contentious and public contract dispute with the show's producer.

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 numerous key characters since it debuted in 1989.

Harry ShearerCredit: M. Sullivan / WireImage

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.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Shearer signed the same contract as the show's other five principals, which grants each of them an estimated $300,000 per episode and gives the network an option for a 29th and 30th season.

Shearer, who was born to Jewish immigrants to the United States, voices characters including Simpsons neighbor Ned Flanders, billionaire Mr. Burns and his kowtowing aide, Smithers. He even played Adolf Hitler, among many of the other guest characters on the show.

The multitasking Shearer, 71, has charted a diverse career on numerous projects as an actor, writer, musician and producer, both before and since becoming part of the Simpsons troupe.

The season 27 premiere of The Simpsons will air, according to EW, on September 27.

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