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Harry Shearer returning to ‘The Simpsons’

In this Jan. 24, 2015 file photo, Harry Shearer appears at the 30th annual TEC Awards during the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show in Anaheim, Calif. Shearer and his many voices are returning to “The Simpsons” after a contentious and public contract dispute. Fox announced Tuesday, July 7, 2015, that he will be alongside fellow cast members Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith and Hank Azaria for the series’ 27th and 28th seasons.
In this Jan. 24, 2015 file photo, Harry Shearer appears at the 30th annual TEC Awards during the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show in Anaheim, Calif. Shearer and his many voices are returning to “The Simpsons” after a contentious and public contract dispute. Fox announced Tuesday, July 7, 2015, that he will be alongside fellow cast members Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith and Hank Azaria for the series’ 27th and 28th seasons. Associated Press

“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.

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.

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