Voice actor Harry Shearer is leaving the Simpsons after an argument with producers. He is the voice of the characters Mr Burns, Ned Flanders and the school principle Seymour Skinner.

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Shearer said that the argument was not about money. He said that he wanted to do other work. Continuing to work on the Simpsons would prevent him from taking new work.

The 71-year old has been on the Simpsons since it started in 1989.

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Producers say that they will not kill off the characters played by Shearer and that they are looking for a talented voice actor to continue the roles.

The Simpsons will continue for at least two more seasons.

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