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  1. Harry Shearer to leave The Simpsons over contract dispute
  2. Robbie Williams and wife deny sexual harassment claims
  3. ITV staff staging 24-hour strike

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By Victoria Lindrea and Mark Savage

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Victoria Lindrea

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...and thanks for all the fish!

That's it for today's live page. There's been plenty going on - including endless Harry Shearer updates and that Jamie Oliver duet. Damn that earworm!

Check back with us tomorrow for more news from the Croisette and beyond. See you then.

Ewan McGregor is singing again

Ewan McGregor in the video for Hourglass
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It's a long time since Moulin Rouge, but Ewan McGregor is flexing his vocal cords again.

The actor stars in the new video for Radio 1 favourites Catfish and the Bottleman - after the band staged a somewhat creepy campaign to get his attention.

Singer Van McCann stitched together a three-minute montage of McGregor's smiling face to soundtrack the song

Kathleen; while drummer Bob Hall played a tour with McGregor's picture on his drum skin.

Luckily, the Scottish star was more flattered than frightened - and became a big fan of the Bottlemen's scrappy, infectious album.

And so, he agreed to star in the band's new video Hourglass - even singing the song a capella for good measure.

"Working with Sir Ewan was one of the funnest things I think I'll ever get to do," said McCann. "He's the most interesting and interested guy I've ever met. He's just [expletive] brilliant, a total gentleman.

Watch the video on YouTube - but beware of the strong language.

Teen take on the X-Men


Fox has closed a deal with The Fault In Our Stars director Josh Boone to co-write and direct The New Mutants, a standalone spin-off to The X-Men.

The series, already part of the X-Men Comics universe, introduces a new crop of mutant characters born with special powers.

The low-budget Fault In Our Stars grossed $307m worldwide, turning Boone into hot property in the film business - particularly among teenage audiences.

He's already been hired to direct a reboot of The Vampire Chronicles - also the basis for the 1994 film Interview with a Vampire - and is among the names being circulated for the Spider-Man reboot.

"We're so excited to explore this new part of the X-Men universe, and so excited to do it with Josh, who is uniquely suited to tell this story about young characters," said New Mutants producer Simon Kinberg.

Black Keys back on the road


Patrick Carney of the Black Keys

Rock group Black Keys are going back on the road, after a surfing injury forced them to cancel months of tour dates.

Drummer Patrick Carney had to have his shoulder reset after a wave slammed him into the ocean floor on 3 January, forcing the band to abandon their European tour.

But frontman Dan Auerbach says Carney is finally on the mend, and the group will resume their shows at Spain's Primavera Sound festival on 28 May.

"[Patrick] says he feels good. He's been doing his rehab this whole time. It's like a full time job trying to recuperate from that."

Read the full story.

Doing it for the kids

Entertainment Tonight

Lindsay Lohan

"Why would I want her around my child?" That was one parent's reaction after learning that Lindsay Lohan was completing her community service at a daycare centre in Brooklyn.

The Mean Girls actress is hoping to complete 125 hours of community service at Duffield Children's Center, ahead of a 28 May deadline - after which "there will be consequences", according to Judge Mark Young.

Other parents were more forgiving: "She seems to have cleaned up her image a lot… We all have rebellious periods and she's had them. But now as an adult she can think about them and correct them and hopefully have a child someday and set a future for them."

Lohan herself tweeted that she hoped she could "make a difference" to the children's lives

Having failed to show up on Tuesday, the star is reported to have arrived "super-early" at the New York nursery on Wednesday, according to Ivonne Lopez, Duffield's director of early childhood programs, who told awaiting reporters she was doing "clerical work".

The 28-year-old is on probation for reckless driving and lying to police after crashing her car in California on her way to a film shoot in 2012.

An unusual way to announce your pregnancy

Coronation Street favourite Simon Gregson, aka Steve McDonald, has revealed he's expecting a baby with his wife Emma. 

The couple decided to forgo the usual announcement in the Times, however, preferring to employ the medium of Twitter.

After a stressful few months....myself and @emmagleave are excited to announce.....

After a stressful few months....myself and @emmagleave are excited to announce.....

The couple are already parents to young sons Harry and Alfie.  

Richard Herring quits Edinburgh Festival

The Independent

Richard Herring

Comedian Richard Herring - who has appeared at 23 of the last 28 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals - has revealed he's given up on the event,

"It's just not for me anymore," he told The Independent. "It has changed so much and got so big that it's unmanageable.

"I suffered from it at last year's, being squeezed between the giant TV names at one end and the Free Fringe, which is great, at the other end. So the idea of me coming up and losing money putting on a show seemed a bit foolish, especially when there are so few journalists there now to review it."

Herring, who made his name as part of a double act with Stewart Lee, was a script editor on Little Britain and currently hosts an award-winning comedy podcast.

He will spend August in London, re-staging several of his previous shows, including Christ on a Bike and Hitler Moustache, before premiering a new set, called Happy Now, at the Leicester Square Theatre.

Read more.

Slow TV crawling back to BBC Four


The Canal Trip
BBC Four

BBC Four is actively (but not too actively) seeking ideas for "slow TV", after the success of its Goes Slow season.

Inspired by the success of a Norwegian experiment, where a seven-hour film of a train journey became an unlikely hit, the channel's recent series of unhurried documentaries featured an

hour of birdsong and a
leisurely trip down the Kennet and Avon Canal.

Channel editor Cassian Harrison said he was "astonished and proud" of the reaction, with more than 500,000 viewers tuning in to absorb the snail-paced shows.

He told Broadcast magazine new commissions could include "observing nature as it unfolds", an international project, and a hot-air balloon ride.

Read more on this story.

Carey ducks out

Mariah Carey

A week after starting her Las Vegas residency, Mariah Carey was forced to cancel a performance at Caesar's Palace due to ill health.

"Hey guys.. I've been fighting bronchitis for the past few days.. almost better but on mandatory vocal rest per doctor's orders,"

the 45-year-old diva tweeted on Wednesday.

"I'm so sorry to cancel tonight's show but I promise to make it up to you!!! Love you always, MC".

"Aww, we are gutted Mariah, me & my wife travelled from UK to see you on our honeymoon! We leave vegas on Friday," wrote one fan

on Instagram, while another added: "Why am I not surprised? I called her getting sick [and] cancelling last week. Wouldn't be surprised if the whole thing gets scrapped."

Reports suggest Carey has so far failed to pull in the crowds, with sluggish ticket sales and empty seats.

Earlier this week, Jennifer Lopez announced she would begin a residency in Vegas next January, with tickets going on sale this weekend.

"It will be a high-energy amazing show that anybody can come and see," J-Lo told reporters.

Deneuve wins critics' praise

Cannes Film Festival - opening night
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Critics have given favourable reviews to the Catherine Deneuve film La Tete Haute (Standing Tall), which opened the 68th Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday.

Many had seen Emmanuelle Bercot's film as a comparatively low-key opener for the festival, following poor critical reception of high-profile films such as Grace of Monaco and The Great Gatsby in recent years.

La Tete Haute, the tale of a young delinquent and the judge, counsellor and mother who try to steer him straight, features French film icon Deneuve opposite newcomer Rod Paradot.

Jordan Mintzer

in the Hollywood Reporter praised Paradot's "electric lead performance", but added that the film "can be as volatile as it's main character, delivering plenty of intensity but not always succeeding on the dramatic front".

Screen International's Jonathan Romney called it "an honourable if rarely surprising addition to the tradition of French films about challenged childhoods", while praising the "potent performances" of Paradot, Catherine Deneuve and Benoit Magimel.

While Peter Bradshaw

in the Guardian deemed it "a high-minded, often touching movie".

Deadline's Pete Hammond concluded that the French drama was "a serious choice to open Cannes and actually could have played in competition, unlike many opening-night movies with a spotty record of quality that are chosen for flashier reasons".

So you wanna be a box-office hit?

The Stage

The cast of Bugsy Malone
Manuel Harlan

Start ordering refills for the splurge guns - the stage revival of Bugsy Malone has extended its run.

The first adaptation of the musical in 10 years opened last months at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith, west London.

It gained a series of excellent reviews, with the

Telegraph calling it "razzmatazz perfection" and the
Evening Standard declaring: "You'd have to be stony-hearted not to appreciate this celebration of young talent".

It is now booking until 5 September.

Read more on this story.

'Billie Holiday helped me after drugs reaction'

BBC Radio 5 live

Billie Holiday
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Jazz drummer Billy Kaye has recalled the time singer Billie Holiday helped him after he had a bad reaction to drugs.

Kaye, who was performing that evening, said: "I took this little sniff and boy, my stomach started doing funny stuff."

"When that last note I hit, I ran to the bathroom and spent about 20 minutes in the bathroom," he told Up All Night.

He told of how the Strange Fruit singer saw his predicament and took him to her apartment.

"She made me eat 'til it would stay down," he recalled.

"And all the time, she was cussing me out telling me how it [drugs] ruined her career… and I never forgot that," he said.

Listen to the interview.

A bunch of dummies

Neil Smith

Arts reporter

Joey Essex with 'Anakin Skywalker' at Madame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds

Towie star Joey Essex made headlines during the general election for meeting Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage on the campaign trail.

Even a man with his formidable interviewing skills, though, would struggle to get much from the encounter he had with Star Wars' Anakin Skywalker last night.

The television celebrity made up for the lack of chitchat by having a mock-duel with Hayden Christensen's character, part of a new themed "experience" at Madame Tussauds in London.

James Argent and Lydia Bright wit 'Princess Leia' and 'Han Solo' at Madame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds

Towie couple James 'Arg' Argent and Lydia Bright were also on hand at a launch party for the attraction, happily posing alongside mannequins of Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford).

Star Wars favourites Chewbacca, Darth Vader and Jabba the Hutt also feature in a series of recreated scenes from the much-loved original trilogy and their rather less revered prequels.

Yoda was also on hand to bamboozle TV magician Dynamo, who described the attraction -

open to the public from Saturday - as "pretty awesome".

Try to take selfie? Take selfie... or do not take selfie. There is no try.

Dynamo with 'Yoda' at Madame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds

Philip Seymour Hoffman's partner speaks

New York Times

Mimi O'Donnell and Philip Seymour Hoffman pictured in 2011
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Mimi O'Donnell, who lost her long-term partner Philip Seymour Hoffman to a drug overdose last year, has spoken about finding solace in the theatre.

O'Donnell, who is artistic director of New York's Labyrinth Theatre Company, told the New York Times that theatre was therapeutic because "it makes you remember there are other emotions".

She cited Cate Blanchett's role in a Sydney Theatre Company production of The Maids as helping her decide to return to work.

"That was the first play that I saw after Phil had died, and she did that thing you want every actress in theatre to do: She left her heart on the stage. And I knew enough in that moment to go: 'I love theatre. I love it. I love what it can do.'

"And, not making a concrete decision, but knowing that I wasn't going to leave the theatre company, I wasn't going to stop doing this."

O'Donnell is currently directing Labyrinth's production of Melissa Ross' Nice Girl.

Read the full interview.

Harry Shearer responds to Simpsons criticism

Harry Shearer

Simpsons star Harry Shearer has been replying to fans on Twitter after news broke he was leaving the show.

In response to one fan, who wished him the best in his retirement, he said: "Thanks, but no retirement in sight. On to new stuff..."

@ShtickyJocks @BBCNewsEnts Thanks, but no retirement in sight. On to new stuff...

Meanwhile, he had an abrupt response to someone who suggested he'd quit in an attempt to get a pay rise.

@TopRT_IE @BBCNewsEnts Read my tweets. Wasn't about money.

Natalie Portman to play Jackie Kennedy


Natalie Portman (left) and Jackie Kennedy
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Natalie Portman will star as Jackie Kennedy in a film about the first four days after the assassination of her husband, President John F Kennedy.

The movie will be produced by Darren Aronfsky, who steered Portman to Oscar victory in Black Swan four years ago.

The actress is currently in Cannes, where she attended the opening night gala with her husband, choreographer Benjamin Millepied.

Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied
Getty Images

Read more on Variety.

Magna Carta stitched up

Magna Carter (An Embroidery) by Cornelia Parker

Here's a first look at the top corner of Cornelia Parker's 13-metre long Magna Carta (An Embroidery).

The artwork depicts the Magna Carta Wikipedia page as it appeared last year on the document's 799th birthday.

Among those who contributed to the work are Antony Gormley, Caitlin Moran, Edward Snowden, Germaine Greer, Jarvis Cocker, Julian Assange, Philip Pullman and Baroness Shirley Williams, as well as almost 40 prisoners.

"I wanted to create a portrait of our age," says Parker.

"All these people have their own opinions about democracy today and I thought carefully about the words they should stitch."

Assange is understood to have stitched the word 'freedom'.

The embroidery goes on display at the British Library from tomorrow, until 24 July.

Sign language film breaks barriers

A still from The Tribe

A film where everyone communicates in sign language - with no subtitles - has divided opinions in the deaf community.

But journalist and screenwriter Charlie Swinbourne, who is partially deaf himself, argues The Tribe marks a watershed for dramas dealing with hearing loss.

Read his essay.

Sam Smith prepares for the surgeon's knife

Pop star Sam Smith, who recently pulled out of his tour with vocal problems, will have an operation on his vocal cords today.

Can't sleep. Op tomorrow. Looking through all your beautiful messages. Makes me emotional to know I have so many people wishing me well.

His condition - a haemorrhage on the vocal cords - is similar to the one suffered by Adele in 2011 and Swedish star Tove Lo last year.

Lo recently told Billboard she'd been warned her voice might not return after her operation.

After coming round from the anaesthetic she "couldn't say anything for five days," the singer told Billboard.

"I almost choked on a spring roll because I wasn't supposed to cough! My voice started coming back a little; it sounded very different at first, which is scary."

Ladykillers arrive in Hull

Ian Youngs

Arts reporter

The Ladykillers at Hull Truck
Andrew Billington

The Ladykillers are back on stage. A new production of Father Ted writer Graham Linehan's adaptation of the Ealing comedy opened at the Hull Truck theatre last night.

Some very funny performances and ingenious staging succeeded in achieving Truck artistic director Mark Babych's aim of bringing joy back into the building after a period of upheaval

(read my interview with him here).

Hull is going to be UK City of Culture in two years - and organisers will announce more plans for 2017 at Hull Truck on 28 May.

On the same day, new Arts Council England chief executive Darren Henley will visit Hull to deliver his first speech since taking over the job.

ITV workers on strike

ITV logo

ITV staff are staging a 24-hour strike and planning a protest outside the broadcaster's annual meeting, in a dispute over pay.

The strike has already affected programmes, with presenters Susanna Reid and Martin Lewis absent from this morning's edition of Good Morning Britain.

ITV says Reid's day off was pre-planned, but Lewis

tweeted that, as a member of the National Union of Journalists, he would not cross the picket line.

It is understood that filming on soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale has been rescheduled, while today's episode of Loose Women was pre-recorded.

Read the full story.

Stanley Tucci to play Captain Hook

Stanley Tucci

The Hunger Games star Stanley Tucci is to play Captain Hook in a new adaptation of Peter Pan for ITV.

The two-hour drama will also feature Paloma Faith as Tinkerbell and Breaking Bad's Laura Fraser as Mrs Darling.

It's been billed as a "re-imagining" that reinterprets JM Barrie's "timeless story for the modern age". So consider yourself warned.

Peter and Wendy will be played by newcomers Zac Sutcliffe and Hazel Doupe. A

casting call for the roles earlier this year stipulated in capitals that both actors MUST BE A REASONABLE SWIMMER.

It also insisted that Peter Pan's voice "should not have broken".

What's new in Cannes

Kev Geoghegan, in Cannes

Cannes Film Festival - the Croisette

Some news in brief from the Croisette.

  • Samuel L Jackson has been cast in a remake of the 1958 horror The Blob, as a bio-chemist battling an attack from a wobbly mass from outer space.
  • Vince Vaughan's production company is to work on a new animation called Home Field, about a golden eagle which helps a group of animals whose homes are beneath a baseball field. No word yet on whether Vaughan will be lending his voice to any of the characters.
  • Husband and wife team Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz are to star in a new film about Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. The biopic will be co-produced by Luc Besson's EuropaCorp, with Bardem and Highlander star Christophe Lambert among the producers.

The end is nigh for CSI


Ted Danson in CSI


The original CSI series will end its 15-season run with a two-hour finale, featuring original stars William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger, it has been announced.

The two-hour TV movie, following the elite team of forensic investigators in Las Vegas, will air on 27 September this year.

Current CSI leading man Ted Danson will continue in the role of DB Russell opposite Oscar-winner Patricia Arquette on the spin-off show CSI: Cyber.

Danson and Arquette's characters already have a history together as CSI: Cyber was introduced in an episode of CSI last season.

CSI has been one of CBS' most important series of the past two decades. It is bowing out after 15 seasons and three spinoffs, having established a Thursday stronghold for the network.

Chesney Hawkes joins Celebrity MasterChef line-up

Sarah Harding, Chesney Hawkes and Kimberley Wyatt

The 20 celebrities donning aprons for the next series of Celebrity MasterChef have been "unveiled" (listed in a press release), and as usual it's good news for fans of faded pop stars.

The one and only Chesney Hawkes joins the likes of Pussycat Doll Kimberley Wyatt, The Wanted's Tom Parker and Girls Aloud's Sarah Harding, in the kitchen.

They'll be hoping to follow in the footsteps of last year's champion Sophie Thompson when the series starts this summer.

The full cast list is as follows:

  • Samira Ahmed (journalist)
  • Andy Akinwolere (Blue Peter presenter)
  • Keith Chegwin (TV presenter)
  • Rylan Clark (The X Factor contestant)
  • Danny Crates (British Paralympian world record holder)
  • Amanda Donohoe (actress)
  • Yvette Fielding (Blue Peter and Most Haunted presenter)
  • Craig Gazey (Coronation Street's Graeme Proctor)
  • Sarah Harding (Girls Aloud singer)
  • Chesney Hawkes (One hit wonder)
  • Syd Little (comedian)
  • Natalie Lowe (Strictly Come Dancing)
  • Scott Maslen (EastEnders' Jack Brannen)
  • Sheree Murphy (Emmerdale's Tricia Dingle)
  • Sam Nixon (singer, Sam and Mark)
  • Mica Paris (singer)
  • Tom Parker (singer, The Wanted)
  • Arlene Phillips (choreographer)
  • Tish Potter (Holby City's Diane Lloyd)
  • Kimberly Wyatt (Pussycat Dolls)

Brass band ballet premieres

Dark Arteries
Benedict Johnson / Rambert

Brass bands and ballet are an unlikely combination, but they have collaborated together in a new work marking the 30th anniversary of the end of the miners' strike.

Mark Baldwin's Dark Arteries sees Rambert's dancers share the stage with the 32-piece Tredegar Town Band.

Will Gompertz went down to watch rehearsals ahead of the show's debut in Sadler's Wells.

Watch his report.

Web goes wild for Britney and Iggy

Britney Spears in the video for Pretty Girls
RCA / YouTube

Britney Spears' fans are not known for being shy and retriring, so it's hardly a surprise that the star's new video has whipped them into a frenzy.

What's more interesting is the number of people calling the song - Pretty Girls, a duet with Iggy Azalea - a return to form.

Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea in the video for Pretty Girls
RCA / YouTube

The campy video, inspired by Julien Temple's kitsch classic Earth Girls Are Easy, sees a bubble-permed Britney befriending Iggy Azalea's alien, who crash-lands in her swimming pool.

Here's a sample of the typically understated reactions from Twitter.

After watching the Pretty Girls video... Is it safe to say Britney Spears is invested in being a pop star again

Been watching #PrettyGirls video the whole day, im glad she's dancing again, i hope she can get back the way she was before.

@britneyspears and @IGGYAZALEA's video for #PrettyGirls is freakin awesome!!! Awesome concept, love the dancing, and girls you looked HAWT!

Vintage Britney is almost back! Loving the dance moves in Pretty Girls and the vid has even made me like the song:…

You can watch the video over on YouTube... Let us know if you agree with the fans.

No space for Brightman

Sarah Brightman

Soprano Sarah Brightman has called off her space trip.

The singer announced

on her blog that she will not be going to the International Space Station later this year.

Brightman, 54, said she was postponing the adventure for "personal family reasons".

The European Space Agency astronaut Andreas Mogensen, who was due to accompany Brightman in September,

tweeted: "Sad to lose a fantastic crew mate. Best of luck, Sarah."

Don't go, Mr Burns!

Ned Flanders and Montgomery Burns

Fans have been expressing their dismay at Harry Shearer's decision to leave The Simpsons.

His departure could spell the end for Mr Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Smithers, Kent Brockman and many more yellow denizens of Springfield.

Here's a sample of the tweets you've been sending us on @BBCNewsEnts.

@BBCNewsEnts @theharryshearer .. All the best Mr Shearer, you deserve your retirement and thank you so much for entertaining us all.

Wow, can @TheSimpsons go on without its arch villain? If it does it won't be the same without @theharryshearer…

@BBCNewsEnts @BBCNews @theharryshearer when Jim Henson died no one would believe someone else could take on the voice of kermit.

@lausifer @Tiga_Lily @BBCNewsEnts @theharryshearer sad to hear. But can't help but feel the show should have ended after the movie

First glimpse of Supergirl

Melissa Benoist in Supergirl

TV series Supergirl has landed the coveted 8pm Monday timeslot on CBS' autumn schedule, reports Variety.

Melissa Benoist stars as Superman's cousin, Kara Zor-El, beleaguered PA to Calista Flockhart's media magnate Ms Grant, who belatedly embraces her superhuman abilities.

"I'm not normal... I can lift a bus, stop a bullet. I can fly... at least I think I can."

Watch the 'first look' trailer.

Jamie Oliver duets with Ed Sheeran

Jamie Oliver and Ed Sheeran
Jamie Oliver / Facebook

We knew Jamie Oliver was a drummer - but a rapper? Not so much.

Nonetheless, he's just posted a video demonstrating his "flow" on Facebook, in a song he's co-written with Ed Sheeran.

It doesn't start promisingly: "My name is Jamie Oliver and I'm here to say, I want to talk about Food Revolution Day," he says.

As you can see, the song's in support of his Food Revolution campaign, which aims to tackle childhood obesity.

Thankfully, he hands over vocal duties to Alesha Dixon, Hugh Jackman and Paul McCartney, while Jamie Cullum adds some instrumental flourishes.

As Professor Green notes half-way through the track: "Don't give up the day job, Jamie".

The video's available here.

Williams and wife sued

Robbie Williams and Ayda Field

Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field say they will "strenuously" defend themselves against claims of sexual harassment from a former employee.

Gilles De Bonfilhs, who was sacked for serious misconduct, has filed a legal action in Los Angeles alleging Field walked around half-naked and asked him personal questions about his sex life.

A spokeswoman for Williams says: "The claims are entirely without substance."

Bonfilhs alleges Field was responsible for the harassment but the singer failed to prevent it.

Read the full story.

Claudia Winkleman relives 'life-changing' fire

Claudia Winkleman

Claudia Winkleman has described the "life-changing" moment she witnessed her eight-year-old daughter's Halloween costume go up in flames.

"We couldn't put her out," Winkleman told BBC One's Watchdog programme. "Her tights had melted into her skin."

"It was like those horrific birthday candles that you blow out and then they come back."

Winkleman's daughter, Matilda, suffered serious burns in the trick-or-treating accident last year.

Tonight's episode of

Watchdog will highlight safety concerns over fancy dress costumes.

Watch the interview with Claudia.

Simpsons star bows out?

Mr Burns
Courtesy of Fox

The Simpsons star Harry Shearer, voice of Mr Burns, Ned Flanders and Principle Skinner - and many more, has indicated he is leaving the show after 26 seasons.

The star

tweeted the news on Wednesday, blaming contract issues.

"This because I wanted what we've always had: The freedom to do other work," he wrote.

According to Shearer, the news was broken by a lawyer for the show's producer James L Brooks, who is reported to have said the "show will go on. Harry will not be part of it, wish him the best".

Shearer thanked Simpsons fans "for your support".

The rest of the voice cast - including Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright and Hank Azaria - are understood to have signed contracts with Fox for two more series last week, but Shearer held off.

Production on season 27 of the hit animated series has already begun without him.

Fox have so far made no official comment on his planned departure.

And we're off!

Victoria Lindrea

Arts and entertainment reporter

Good morning, and welcome to Thursday's live page. Stick with us for the best of today's arts and entertainment news, plus on-the-spot reports from our man in Cannes, Kev Geoghegan.