The voice actor behind Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, and Skinner is returning to 'The Simpsons' after all

FoxHarry Shearer voices Ned Flanders, among numerous other ‘Simpsons’ characters.

“Simpsons” fans can let out a collective sigh of relief.

Talented voice actor Harry Shearer has changed his mind and will be returning to the long-running animated series after all, Fox announced on Tuesday in a press release.

Shearer has signed a deal to return for two more seasons, the 27th and 28th. This is the same renewal deal signed by his colleagues Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, and Hank Azaria.

Back in May, Shearer announced on email that he would be leaving the series. At the time, he cited a desire to “do other work.” Shearer is the voice behind numerous characters on “The Simpsons,” including Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, and Mr. Burns.

The two-year extension on the series will bring the show to 625 episodes.

Still the backbone of Fox’s animation block on Sundays, the Emmy-winning animated series averaged 4.8 million viewers in live plus same day ratings and increased to 7.6 million viewers across all platforms last season.

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