Shearer Not Gone After All

Behind the Laughter6

“In that family, nobody trusted nobody.  They even brought their lawyers to Thanksgiving dinner.” – Abe “Grampa” Simpson

Harry Shearer has decided to keep doing voices for Zombie Simpsons:

Harry Shearer returning to The Simpsons

You don’t really need to click that link, it’s mostly nothing and even repeats the dubiously sourced $300,000 per episode number, but it’s been confirmed by a couple of other outlets.  The article also says that Shearer signed the same contract as the other five cast members, which (if true) means that money really wasn’t the issue and Shearer really did think the show was preventing him from doing other projects.  Jean took to Twitter to explain:

I would like to clear up a misunderstanding. I have recently been told that during a period where Harry Shearer believed he had a five week free period from the Simpsons, I was unaware of this fact, and did in fact request material from him. If so, my bad. I am truly glad he is returning to the show.

This is the public explanation for Shearer’s abrupt “I’m leaving” announcement in May, that Jean had asked Shearer to work during a time Shearer thought he was on break, so he balked at signing an extension.  If it seems a little bizarre that it took them eight weeks to sort out something as simple as that, well, that’s because it is bizarre.

Maybe relations between Shearer and the show are strained to the point that it really did take them this long to clear up something that can be described in two and a half Tweets (Shearer’s original announcement quoted a letter from a lawyer, so they may indeed be at the “acrimonious divorce” stage of communication).  Maybe there was a negotiation, and while Shearer may be getting the same money he also now has a better deal in terms of hours and flexibility.  Maybe Jean’s telling the truth, and it really was just an honest mistake.

Whether Jean is spinning for his bosses or accurately describing this whole big saga doesn’t really matter, however.  Shearer will continue to phone in his voices, and Zombie Simpsons will continue its mediocre ways.

17 Responses to “Shearer Not Gone After All”

  1. 1 Stan
    7 July 2015 at 6:05 pm


  2. 2 FigmentJedi
    7 July 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Don’t forget. You’re here forever.

  3. 3 Brad M
    7 July 2015 at 11:28 pm

    Or maybe Shearer has already been replaced by someone who is willing to work uncredited, and Jean is merely paying Shearer to pretend he still works on the show to avoid fan backlash when the new episodes air.

  4. 7 ecco6t9
    8 July 2015 at 2:06 am

    It was supposed to be a thing of beauty, not this abomination!

  5. 8 Tara Deiss
    8 July 2015 at 2:14 am

    What’s the point of you putting up a link if you say it’s all misinformation and fluff. You are a shitty blogger, Charlie, and I hope this blog turdefies and goes downhill the same way The Simpsons has been doing since 1997.

    • 9 Stan
      8 July 2015 at 2:32 am

      This whole story was bogus anyway, too much ado about nothing. What do you expect people to write? Fanfags are all over someone’s Shitter or Fuckbook account, gnawing at their posts and interpreting them in a myriad possible ways. Then the newscunts came in and everyone has a pick-nick with comments some dude made to his boss when they were both peeing side by side in the john.

      • 10 Stan
        8 July 2015 at 12:30 pm

        And blogs like this just let it happen. So few people want to be rebels…

        • 11 Critic
          8 July 2015 at 1:57 pm

          You’re trying to be Stan, without realizing the guy actually has an account now so the joke makes no sense.
          Take abreak, collect your thoughts, and come back once you’ve thought of something actually funny.

          Execution sloppy, dragged on for too long.

      • 8 July 2015 at 4:53 pm

        I sentence everyone here to think of Al Jean in a thong for 15 minutes.

  6. 8 July 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Simpsons staff = Old atheist professor’s, hacks.

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