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D’Oh! Founding Cast Member Harry Shearer Is Leaving The Simpsons

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Yikes. Not since Phil Hartman and Marcia Wallace left us far too soon has a Simpsons team shakeup completely blindsided us. Revealing his unceremonious exit in a couple of tweets, Harry Shearer announced he and his voice will soon be leaving the town of Springfield.

As Shearer told Marc Maron on his WTF podcast, the actor has had a shaky past with FOX when it came to compensation. He became a vocal leader of the cast’s contract disputes with the studio and constantly fought for more pay and a cut of the franchise’s vast merchandise revenue. And after 26 seasons, it finally came to a head as he’s reportedly walking away from a $14 million deal. Whether or not you believe the actors deserve that amount of money, nobody can argue that the cast of voice actors haven’t delivered some of the most memorable performances of the 20th century.

Showrunner Al Jean confirmed Shearer’s departure with HitFix’s Alan Sepinwall. “Harry Shearer was offered the same deal the rest of the cast accepted and passed,” Jean said. “We wish him well but the show will go on. Maggie took it hard.”

But unlike Hartman and Wallace’s characters who were gracefully led to pasture, The Simpsons couldn’t possibly continue without the characters that Shearer voices — which include Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Kent Brockman, Principal Skinner, Reverend Lovejoy, Dr. Hibbert, among many others. And Jean asserted that those beloved Springfieldians will not go away. “Yes, Burns and Flanders will not die. They are great characters and will continue.”

It will certainly feel different without Shearer’s iconic baritone, but some voice actor (or actors) is about to pick up the hefty per-episode paycheck that Shearer rejected.

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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