Harry Shearer, the voice of Ned Flanders, Mr Burns, Principal Skinner, Otto, Smithers and many more characters on The Simpsons, looks set to leave the show.

He used Twitter to say he wouldn’t be returning in upcoming seasons of the long-running cartoon, suggesting that his desire to work on other projects was the reason for the decision.

The actor quoted The Simpsons writer and producer James L Brooks’ lawyer, who reportedly said that while the “show will go on, Harry will not be part of it.”

Later he thanked Simpsons fans with this simple Tweet…

Here are four of our favourite characters voiced by Shearer…

1. Charles Montgomery Burns

2. Ned Flanders

3. Rainier Wolfcastle

4. Dr Julius Hibbert

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