Harry Shearer, who has been a Simpsons staple since it became its own show in 1989, dropped a hell of a bomb on Twitter Wednesday night.
from James L. Brooks' lawyer: "show will go on, Harry will not be part of it, wish him the best.". (1/2)— Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) May 14, 2015
This because I wanted what we've always had: the freedom to do other work. Of course, I wish him the very best. (2/2)— Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) May 14, 2015
Shearer has never tried to hide his mixed feelings on his Simpsons gig. From the very beginning, he stated reluctance on the busy schedule, and he’s said publicly that he thinks the quality of the show has been deteriorating since 2004. And while many of us probably have gone through at least one phase with daily fantasies about working on The Simpsons in some capacity, no actor signs up for a job thinking it’ll be a 26-year commitment. You can’t blame a guy for wanting to do other things.
Here’s just a sample of who we’ve lost:
Charles Montgomery Burns
Dr. Marvin Monroe
And many, many others. This is a hard hit. And 26 years is a long time. It’s hard to think this isn’t a sign that it’s the perfect time to hang it all up and walk away. As for Shearer, we’ll add our names to the chorus of those wishing him the best. We wish him nothing but nuclear dance parties forever.