Harry Shearer, a longtime voice actor on The Simpsons announced via twitter that he was leaving the show.
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
Thanks, Simpsons fans, for your support.— Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) May 14, 2015
Producers of the show emailed CNN Money confirming the news:
"As the Simpsons continues its 27th and 28th seasons, Harry Shearer will not be within the how. We do not plan to 'kill off' his characters, but replace them with the most talented members of the voiceover community."
Shearer plays a host of characters on the show including Principal Skinner, Kent Brockman, Mr. Burns, Dr. Hibbert, Otto Mann Waylon Smithers, Ned Flanders, Lenny Leonard,Reverend Lovejoy, Rainier Wolfcastle, Dr. Marvin Monroe and a ton more.