'Simpsons' Actor Harry Shearer Says He'll Take Sharp Pay Cut For Piece Of Show Profits

Harry Shearer attends the 2011 Cinema Eye Honors at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City on January 18, 2011 Harry Shearer attends the 2011 Cinema Eye Honors at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City on January 18, 2011

One of the voice actors on “The Simpsons” says he’s willing to cut his salary by 70 percent to keep the show going in exchange for a taste of the production’s profits.

Harry Shearer is one of six actors who provide voices for the animated characters on Fox’s Sunday night show. He said Friday that producers turned down his offer.

Twentieth Century Fox Television spokesman Chris Alexander says the company will not comment.

The negotiations are said to threaten the future of the comedy, which entered its 23rd season last month.

Shearer provides the voices for the characters of Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders and others.

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