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Harry Shearer

Breaks with Cast

In New 'Simpsons' Demand

10/7/2011 3:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Harry ShearerHarry Shearer never told his fellow cast members he was planning on making a new demand to FOX ... and it has both surprised them and thrown a monkey wrench in the negotiations ... sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ.

As we already reported, FOX is asking the entire cast to take a 45% pay cut.  Shearer publicly stated this morning he would take a 70% pay cut in return for some profit participation -- something he says FOX is unwilling to do.

But here's the problem -- we've learned ... up until now all 6 cast members have been negotiating as a group with FOX, and the group NEVER asked for what Shearer is asking for now.

We're also told Shearer's profit sharing offer might actually be economically worse for FOX, given how much money "The Simpsons" currently generates. So, chances are slim the network would accept since it's said the standoff is all about saving money.

One source familiar with the negotiations thinks it's still possible for the group to get back on track ... but, as it was put to us, "Harry is the wild card."

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31.

becks    

Show is beyond dead. They've milked it even years after a box office release. Only people still watching it have to be so young they weren't even born during its peak.

1008 days ago
32.

Josh    

The Simpsons should have ended 10 years ago.

1008 days ago
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Carl    

How about posting the "non-exclusive" that the Simpsons just got renewed for 2 more years?

1008 days ago
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Bertman    

Shearer is a tool. This is not the first time he has pulled crap for his own bigger cut. (Remember: The Simpson's ride at Universal Studios was to be completely different, but he pulled the 'I want more money than everyone else' sh*t with the. The Universal Studio guys told him to shove it back then (which is why NONE of his characters are in the new version of the ride!) and FOX should tell him the same thing now. There HAVE to be about 10,000 people out there that can copy his voices on the show - and do it for a LOT less. I am all for people getting what they deserve, but when you screw your co-workers ... screw him! Oh, wait ... he screwed himself!!! HA HA!!

1008 days ago
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UNLEVINED HARVEY    

show me the shekels

1008 days ago
36.

overdue    

Shearer knew FOX wouldn't go along with his offer; he did it tongue in cheek to show how much the producers are getting compared to the talent.
And yes, it is talent. If anyone thinks acting is easier than selling flowers by the freeway, you should try it. I do dubbing for educational films. It requires rehearsing, training your voice, concentration, doing multiple takes with cranky engineers

1008 days ago
37.

Northerner    

who the hell would be willing to cut there pay in half? is fox on drugs or what? i cant imagine how much money they make on reruns of this show and also merchandising. i think fox can pass the buck a little better.

1008 days ago
38.

Brian B    

Why does he look homeless?

1008 days ago
39.

Michele    

I'm just wondering where this uber liberal falls on the "take back Wall Street" protests. Or is HIS kind of capitalism okay? Answers please.

1005 days ago
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Michele    

Where does this uber liberal fall in regard to the "take back Wall Street" faux protests? Or is capitalism okay for HIM, just not anyone else.

1005 days ago
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