UPDATE: Following the Harry Shearer's cryptic tweets about possibly leaving The Simpsons, producer Al Jean took to Twitter to all but confirm the news that the voice actor is out. "The show will go on, made by people who love it and see in it the most wonderful vehicle for satire ever," Jean posted on Thursday morning.
In several replies to inquiries from the press, the producer clarified Shearer's claims about the contract disputes. "[In] my view we did [offer what him what he wanted] and he still passed. [Shearer] was offered the same deal as other 5 [cast members]," Jean wrote.
While the actor may be out, he will still be heard in this season's Treehouse of Horror episode and the show is even open to him coming back. "In life never say never," he offered.
But Jean did clarify that Shearer's characters, Mr. Burns, Principal Skinner, and Ned Flanders, would be recast. "No yellow wedding," he joked, making reference to Game of Thrones' infamous Red Wedding scene, which saw the deaths of many prominent characters.