Last week it was revealed that long time 'Simpsons' voice artist Harry Shearer - the voice of dozens of characters, would be leaving the show after the broadcast of the final episode of Season 26 - which has just aired in the U.S. Now, a relatively unknown voice artist is campaigning to fill the gap in a video that's hitting social media.
Los Angeles voice actor Brock Baker has uploaded a three minute demo reel to YouTube where he voices fourteen Harry Shearer characters including Mr. Burns, Smithers, Ned Flanders, Kent Brockman, Lenny, Principal Skinner, Otto and Jasper. The video is currently sitting at just under 150,000 views.
'Simpsons' show runner Al Jean earlier confirmed to the 'New York Times' that "we do not plan to kill off characters like Burns and Flanders but will recast with the finest voice over talent available." Whoever gets the role, odds are that they won't be paid the same $300,000 fee paid to Harry Shearer for each episode - over $7 million per season.