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Harry Shearer, the voice of Mr. Burns, returns to The Simpsons

Speaking of The Simpsons. Entertainment Weekly reports Harry Shearer, the voice behind The Simpsons’s Mr. Burns has re-joined the voice talent cast.

Shearer has signed the same contract as did the other five primary voice actors?Dan Castellaneta, Yeardley Smith, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, and Hank Azaria?keeping the show?s original cast fully intact, EW has learned. These deals, which run for four seasons (including a network option for seasons 29 and 30), are estimated at more than $300,000 per episode. Fox recently renewed The Simpsons for a 27th and 28th season, which will bring its episode tally to 625.

Reading the story, I can’t help but think that yes, Harry was holding out for more money last spring, hedging that they wouldn’t dare let him go. They let him go, now he’s decided to come back.

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