Though I haven’t watch it in quite some time, believe it or not, The Simpsons is still alive and kicking, just getting itself renewed for two more seasons. Seemingly, James L. Brooks really wants to get it to season 30 but that might prove to be difficult now as, following reports that he was seeking more money from merchandizing, Harry Shearer – one of the show’s original cast members and the voice of a large portion of The Simpsons’ supporting cast, including Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns and Mr. Skinner – has tweeted that he’s leaving the show after 26 years:

The tweets aren’t filled with the utmost clarity, but the keywords are all there; Harry Shearer, whether of his own will or not, is parting ways with The Simpsons to explore new opportunities, and after 26 years it’s hard to blame him. It’s common knowledge that the show dipped in quality long ago and, as far as I know, has never been able to recover. Nonetheless it’s kept charging forward regardless, all but flat-out refusing to be overtaken as the longest running television show, but this could be one of the final nails in the coffin – Shearer was a key component of the show’s voice work and losing him is huuuuuuuuge. How does The Simpsons even work without Flanders, Burns and Skinner? Those are really important roles. And those are only a few. He also voiced: Dr. Hibbert, Kent Brockman, Scratchy and many, many more.

That’s an incredibly tough blow to a show that’s already struggling. It’s hard to see how they recover from this one. It might be time to say officially say goodbye to The Simpsons.

What do you guys make of this?