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James L. Brooks
D'oh! Is 'The Simpsons' parting company with Harry Shearer?

An escalating contract dispute suggests that Harry Shearer may be exiting "The Simpsons," where he has voiced several of its characters since the Fox cartoon series debuted in 1989. In a pair of Twitter posts on Thursday, Shearer said re-upping with the show would have denied him "what we've always had: the freedom to do other work." Hours later, "Simpsons" executive producer Al Jean tweeted, "The show will go on, made by people who love it..." In another post, he resolved to "recast if Harry does not return." Yet another tweet seemed to leave the door open for a rapprochement: "In life I never say never." Shearer voices...