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Sideshow Bob 'finally gets revenge'

Published 08/06/2015

Harry Shearer voices Mr Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner and Waylon Smithers
Harry Shearer voices Mr Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner and Waylon Smithers

It looks like The Simpsons' Sideshow Bob is finally going to get his revenge on Bart Simpson - by killing him.

But fans of the hit show need not worry, as Bart's death will only be temporary.

When the show returns to our TV screens, reports say the annual Halloween episode will see Sideshow Bob killing Bart, but only for the episode.

It's been confirmed actor Kelsey Grammer will return to voice Sideshow Bob.

The news was revealed by producers of The Simpsons during an ATX Television Festival panel in Austin, Texas.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly radio, executive producer Al Jean explained: " You're going to see Sideshow Bob do something he's wanted to do for a long time."

He went on to say: " I'm one of the people that always wanted the Coyote to eat the Roadrunner so you can see where this is going. When I was a kid, I wanted the rabbit to get the Trix - I hated frustration comedy so we'll scratch that itch on the Halloween special."

Reports say there was no update on news of a replacement for voiceover artist Harry Shearer, who announced he was leaving the show in May.

The actor, who voices Mr Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner and Waylon Smithers, tweeted the news, saying his contract had not been renewed with Fox.

He wrote: "From (executive producer) James L. Brooks' lawyer: Show will go on, Harry will not be part of it, wish him the best.

"This because I wanted what we've always had: the freedom to do other work.

"Of course, I wish him the very best."

A few hours later he posted again on the social media site: "Thanks, Simpsons fans, for your support."

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