OK its a mere shadow of it’s former glory but the news that the artist also known as Derek Smalls has quit the worlds longest running animated TV show over contract problems is a massive blow to the series which has just been renewed for 2 more seasons.
Rvd Lovejoy, Ned Flanders, Mr Burns, Lenny, Principal Skinner, Smithers, Dr Hibbert and Otoo among many others are characters Harry voices. When Phil Hartman and Marcia Wallace died there left gaps in the show. This is a chasm I don’t think they can fill. It’s not just about being able to do the voice well its about creating a character, being a great actor.
I’m not sure of the ins and outs, Shearer tweeted that he wanted to continue to be able to do other things aside from the show and perhaps Fox wanted more exclusivity but for worse money. Shearer is smart enough a cookie not to be mucked about by the suits. Shame but it’s about time anyway.