Tuesday, May 19, 2015

5.19.15 Bee-otch of the Day: News Corp/Fox

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Name: News Corporation
Age: 92
Occupation: media behemoth
Last Seen: New York, NY
Bee-otched For: trying to break up the band
As us fans of The Simpsons know, the show has been renewed for another two years. But, it will be without one of its most-crucial members.

It was announced after the contracts were signed and sealed that longtime cast member Harry Shearer, the voice of Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Otto, Principal Skinner, Dr. Hibbert and a few score of others will not be a part of the show anymore. As a matter of fact, he claims that he was actually fired from the iron horse show.

According to sources, Shearer wanted a raise, but for the past few years, the rest of the cast - Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith and Hank Azaria - have all had to take a HUGE pay cut despite the show still making millions per year in repeats and merchandising. Part of it is due to the fact that Fox's parent, News Corporation restructuring to become two different companies: NewsCorp (which focuses on print media) and 21st Century Fox (which handles 20th Century Fox, the Fox TV network and yes, The Simpsons).

Executive Producer Al Jean claims that most of Shearer's voices will be recast; in the past, when a cast member dies (i.e. Marcia Wallace or Phil Hartman) or simply leaves the cast (Maggie Roswell), they simply kill off the character. Of course, hearing somebody else do Mr. Burns or Ned Flanders might be kinda weird, like in a when Jim Henson died and Kermit the Frog started to sound funny kind of way. I wouldn't be too shocked if Billy West takes over Shearer's voices; I hope he can nail them good.

The point is, these people have been a part of television history and deserve to get paid well for using - and in Kavner's case, abusing - their voices. Maybe the folks at NewsCorp/21st Century Fox need to scale back on the shit spewed on Fox News Channel and give Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and even Maggie a big, fat paycheck, eh? Same goes with the rest of the cast.

Because of Fox's actions, I think I finally see The Simpsons' first shark popping out of the water.


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