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Voice of Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders says he’s off ‘The Simpsons’

Years after a gunshot almost killed C. Montgomery Burns, the Springfield mogul’s life lies in the balance once again.

This time the threat is a contract dispute between “The Simpsons” and the actor who has voiced Burns since the show’s 1989 debut, Harry Shearer.

Shearer — also the man behind Burns’ sidekick Smithers, neighbor Ned Flanders and Principal Skinner — tweeted Wednesday night an alleged statement by a lawyer for James L. Brooks, one of the “Simpsons” creators, that Shearer “will not be part” of the series down the road.

See the details from USA Today.