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What do Ned Flanders and Mr. Burns think of Harry Shearer leaving 'The Simpsons'?

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US actor and comedian Harry Shearer prepares to speak in the Words in Motion tent at the Big Chill festival near Ledbury in Herefordshire on August 8, 2010.
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US actor and comedian Harry Shearer prepares to speak in the Words in Motion tent at the Big Chill festival near Ledbury in Herefordshire on August 8, 2010.

After 26 seasons of voicing dozens of characters on “The Simpsons,” Harry Shearer is leaving the show.

After 26 seasons of voicing dozens of characters on “The Simpsons,” Harry Shearer is leaving the show. Shearer voiced a huge number of characters on the show, including Ned Flanders, Kent Brockman and, of course, Mr. Burns.

He's been with the show from the beginning, but Fox wasn't able to hold onto him — and Shearer made the disagreement public on Twitter.

The split looks to have been contentious, with Shearer quoting a lawyer for one of the show's producer's saying that the show would go on without him.

Shearer said the split isn't over money, but over his right to do other work. While Shearer said his departure isn’t set in stone, it looks unlikely that he'll return.

Fox has said that the characters voiced by Shearer will continue.

A happier Simpsons news note for the day — they're crossing over with "Rick and Morty." Watch the crossover couch gag here:

The Simpsons meet Rick and Morty

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