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Excellent! Harry Shearer Rejoins 'The Simpsons' for Seasons 27 and 28

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    Harry Shearer is returning to "The Simpsons." Now everybody do their best Mr. Burns impression with us and say "excellent"! Despite walking away from the show back in May 2015, E! News has confirmed Shearer will rejoin the show for seasons 27 and 28.

    "Fox is proud to confirm that each and every member of the iconic series' voice cast will be returning in the roles they've brought to life since the show's beginnings as a series of animated shorts nearly 30 years ago," the network said in a release.

    Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith and Hank Azaria are also returning to their iconic roles on the long-running series.

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    In May, Shearer took to Twitter to announce his exit. "From James L. Brooks' lawyer: 'show will go on, Harry will not be part of it, wish him the best,'" he tweeted. "This because I wanted what we've always had: the freedom to do other work. Of course, I wish him the very best."

    At the time, executive producer Al Jean said Shearer's characters, including Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders and Principal Skinner, would be recast. Jean, Brooks and Matt Groening released a statement via Fox echoing Jean's tweets. "Harry Shearer was offered the same deal the rest of the cast accepted, and passed," the executive producers said in a statement to E! News. "The show will go on and we wish him well. Maggie took it hard."

    Still, Jean didn't give up hope that a deal could be worked out. Lo and behold, he was right.

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