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Simpsons characters lose their voice

Simpsons actor Harry Shearer has revealed he is leaving the show.

The actor, who voices Mr Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner and Waylon Smithers, tweeted the news, saying his contract had not been renewed with Fox.

"From James L. Brooks' lawyer: show will go on, Harry will not be part of it, wish him the best," he wrote.

A few hours later he posted: "Thanks, Simpsons fans, for your support."

20th Century Fox, which produces the show, has not released a comment.