Harry Shearer, a longtime voice actor on The Simpsons, a show that has just been renewed for two additional seasons that you will almost certainly not watch, has declined to renew his contract to partake in those seasons. Shearer, the voice of, among others, Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, and Otto the bus driver, has long been contentious in negotiations, and reportedly rejected the deal the other main cast members took.

Is this news important to you? A helpful rundown of the possibilities:




  1. You have seen a few episodes of The Simpsons and enjoyed them, but have never been obsessive and do not currently watch the show. You experience a twinge of curiosity, thinking "Wow, I can't believe that's still on," before returning to work.
  2. You love the good seasons of The Simpsons, perhaps even to the point of obsessively quoting them. You feel a slight pang of sadness, but do not currently watch the show because it is too painful to see something you once loved be bland and generally mediocre. You file this piece of information in the same mental and emotional folder as the Facebook album of your ex and their new partner on vacation.
  3. You are currently watching new episodes of The Simpsons and are deeply concerned with how the show will recast Mr. Burns. Please reevaluate your Sunday night TV viewing choices.
  4. You have the correct opinion, which is that Futurama is better anyway.