“The Simpsons” fans rejoice! Harry Shearer, who gives voice to Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Smithers and other pivotal characters, is returning to the show.
In a very public contract squabble, Shearer announced in May that he was leaving the popular animated series after 26 seasons, insisting that differences were about his schedule and never about money.
On Tuesday, Entertainment Weekly and other media outlets reported that Shearer has signed the same contract inked by the show’s five main voice actors – Dan Castellaneta, Yeardley Smith, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, and Hank Azaria.
The deals will reportedly pay each actor more than $300,000 per episode.
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According to Variety, Shearer will continue to work on the series through seasons 27 and 28.
The show started production on Season 27 without Shearer, with plans in place to find new cast members to give voice to Principal Skinner and Shearer’s other characters if he didn’t return.
Season 27 premieres on Sept. 27.
Here’s how the cast celebrated the news on Tuesday.