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Burns, Flanders actor Harry Shearer to leave 'The Simpsons'

Harry Shearer, the voice behind several key characters on the “The Simpsons” — including Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders and Principal Skinner, among others — will be leaving the show.

The actor made the announcement via Twitter Wednesday night, hinting at a breakdown in contract negotiations.



Showrunner Al Jean confirmed the news, according to

The Flanders character has appeared on all 582 episodes of the show since 1989, according to the show’s IMDb page.

Shearer is also known for his role in the film "This Is Spinal Tap" and as radio host of "Le Show." 

He thanks his fans via Twitter late Wednesday night: