14/05/2015 05:19 BST | Updated 14/05/2015 09:59 BST

Harry Shearer, The Voice Of Mr.Burns, Ned Flanders and Principal Skinner Leaving 'The Simpsons'?

Has ‘The Simpsons' just lost the voice behind major characters like Mr.Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner?

Harry Shearer, who has worked on the long-running animated series since the show began, appears to have announced he is no longer a part of the show.

Harry Shearer

Rumours of his departure first surfaced at the weekend after TMZ reported that attempts to renew his contract were being held up by Shearer, who reportedly had “issues with back-end and merchandising” rights.

But in a series of tweets, the actor, who also voices Kent Brockman, Dr. Hibbert, Scratchy and Homer’s pal Lenny, appears to offer up a different story.

Mr. Burns is just one of the many 'Simpsons' characters that Harry has voiced

Although the tweets aren’t entirely clear, it appears that Shearer wanted to work on other projects outside of ‘The Simpsons’, which, it seems, show producer James L Brooks hasn’t agreed to.

Twitter, unsurprisingly, has had rather a lot to say about Shearer's apparent departure from the show...