Mr Burns returns to the Simpsons

Harry Shearer, who voices Mr Burns, Ned Flanders and Principal Skinner and many more Simpson characters, signs a new contract to return to the Simpsons, the network announced Tuesday

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Harry Shearer, the voice of Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, Ned Flanders and other memorable characters on The Simpsons, is returning to the show, TV network Fox announced on Tuesday.

The 71-year-old actor has signed the same contract as the show's other five primary voice actors: Hank Azaria, Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner and Yeardley Smith.

The two-season deal will pay an estimated $300,000 US per episode. Fox has renewed the show for a historic 27th and 28th season, with a 29th and 30th considered likely.

Shearer caused a major heartache to Simpson’s fans in May when he announcement he was leaving the popular programme over a contract dispute.

Back in May via social media, Shearer said  "the freedom to do other work" was the reason behind his decision to leave.

However, in various interviews, Simpsons showrunner Al Jean revealed that everyone in the cast has additional projects and that producers have never prevented anyone from pursuing other work. 

Though Shearer has not yet commented on his return to the show, the official Simpsons Twitter account shared the good news.

TRTWorld and agencies