Harry Shearer, voice of Burns and Flanders, leaves 'The Simpsons'

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The voice of Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Otto, Lenny, Smithers, Rev. Lovejoy and Kent Brockman in The Simpsons has called it quits after 26 seasons.

71-year-old Harry Shearer tweeted today that he is leaving the show for good so that he has more freedom to pursue other opportunities. The lawyer for executive producer James L. Brooks wrote that the “show will go on, Harry will not be part of it, wish him the best.”

The news comes less than two weeks after 20th Century Fox renewed the series for 27th and 28th seasons

According to CNN Money, Shearer turned down a contract worth $14 million to continue voicing his characters for another two seasons.

Shearer has been a regular cast member since the show first began in 1989 and has voiced approximately two dozen main and minor characters.

However, there are no plans to kill any of the characters with Shearer’s departure.

Show producer Al Jean tweeted that Shearer was offered the same deal as the five other main voice actors and confirmed there would be “no yellow wedding,” referring to gory Game of Thrones‘ “Red Wedding” episode where many of the characters died.

Ratings for the show have fallen from a high of nearly 27 million to an average low of just over 5 million during the 25th season. There are 573 episodes to date.

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