Harry Shearer will return to his role on The Simpsons, it has been reported.
Shearer, the voice of Mr Burns, Ned Flanders, Waylon Smithers, Principal Skinner and several other characters, broke the news of his departure ahead of the show’s 27th season in May, citing contractual disputes and the lack of freedom to work on other projects as reasons for his departure.
However, Entertainment Weekly today (July 7) reports that Shearer has settled this dispute and will now rejoin the cast and crew of the show who recently began work on the new season.
Shearer is believed to have signed the same contract as the show’s five other main voice actors—Dan Castellaneta, Yeardley Smith, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, and Hank Azaria—keeping the show’s original cast intact for the 26th year in a row.
The contract is reported to see Shearer return for another four seasons and will see him make an estimated $300,000 (£195,000) per episode.
The show has recently been renewed for another two seasons. Fox announced in May that it has ordered Seasons 27 and 28 of the long-running animated sitcom, which will take The Simpsons to a massive 625 episodes since it began in 1989. The show is already the longest-running American sitcom, the longest-running American animated programme and the longest-running American scripted primetime series of all time.
Season 26 of The Simpsons is airing on Fox now and will conclude with its 22nd episode on May 17. Season 27 will then begin on Fox this autumn. Lena Dunham is set to guest star in the Season 27 premiere accompanied by her Girls castmates.
Al Jean, executive producer of The Simpsons has since confirmed that Shearer will return to work on the long running animated series.
truly glad he is returning to the show.
— Al Jean (@AlJean) July 7, 2015