Seven weeks after tweeting a cryptic message insinuating that he might be leaving The Simpsons, Harry Shearer is returning to the long-running animated comedy, Fox confirms to ET.
The Emmy winner, who voices Ned Flanders, Lenny, Principal Skinner and Mr. Burns, among other characters, has signed a four-season contract which will keep the show's original six-actor cast intact, as Dan Castellaneta, Yeardley Smith, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright and Hank Azaria are also on board. The actors are estimated to make more than $300,000 per episode through the new deals.
On May 13, Shearer signaled his exit in a tweet, which read, "From [executive producer] James L. Brooks' lawyer: 'show will go on, Harry will not be part of it, wish him the best.'"
This was followed by a message from producer Al Jean, who wrote, "The show will go on, made by people who love it and see in it the most wonderful vehicle for satire ever."
At the time, Shearer hinted that his hesitance to come back had nothing to do with money, but rather the schedule.
"I wanted what we've always had: the freedom to do other work," Shearer tweeted.
The issue seems to have come from an instance of miscommunication between Shearer and Jean.
"I would like to clear up a misunderstanding," Jean tweeted today. "I have recently been told that during a period where Harry Shearer believed he had a five-week free period from The Simpsons, I was unaware of this fact and did in fact request material from him. If so, my bad. I am truly glad he is returning to the show."
The Simpsons returns to Fox for its 27th season on September 27.