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Bad new guys — everything is not A-diddly-okie in The Simpsons world. Not now that we know the show is going on … without the guy behind some of the show’s biggest characters, including one Ned Flanders.

When the residents of Evergreen Terrace (and the rest of the kooky yellow town) return for Seasons 27 and 28, Homer’s rival Ned, along with his boss Mr. Burns, Burn’s assistant Mr. Smithers, and Bart’s nemesis Principal Skinner could all be missing. Or if they do stick around, they’re probably going to sound a heck of a lot different.

That’s because voice actor Harry Shearer, who has been with the show since it started, has decided to call it quits. He made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday, confirming several rumours that had popped up.

For those wondering, James L. Brooks is one of the show’s producers. We suppose Shearer just wanted to put an end to the rumours before they got worse.

But the situation for fans definitely gets worse. Turns out Shearer ALSO voiced the likes of news anchor Kent Brockman, the chuckling family doc Dr. Hibbert, and whiney pal Lenny. (Whatever is Carl going to do without him?!) Basically, his shoes are gonna be bigger than Sideshow Bob’s to fill.

Fox hasn’t confirmed what it will do with this news just yet, but showrunner Al Jean has told outlets that they are looking to recast the voice of Mr. Burns and Ned Flanders, at least. And as for Shearer’s other projects? Well, no word on what they’re going to be just yet. The 71-year-old has been a part of The Simpsons‘ family since it was just a sketch on The Tracey Ulman Show. That’s a long history to be walking away from.

Watch The Simpsons weekdays at 5:30PM ET on Much.