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The Simpsons Will Not Retire Martin Prince Following Voice Actor Russi Taylor's Death

The Simpsons Will Not Retire Martin Prince Following Voice Actor Russi Taylor's Death

Back in July, we received the tragic news that actor Russi Taylor, known to many as the voice of The Simpsons' Martin Prince, had passed away aged 75. RIP.

For a while there was reason to suspect the show might eliminate Martin's character altogether, but we can now reveal that producers have found a new person to step in and take on the role.

Taking to Twitter this weekend, executive producer Al Jean announced that Grey DeLisle will voice the character moving forward.

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DeLisle is no stranger to the voice acting game, having previously enjoyed roles in Avengers Assemble, Star vs. the Forces of Evil and The Fairly OddParents.

Not only will she be taking on Martin's character, but she'll also be voicing the purple-haired identical twins, Sherri and Terri.

Jean wrote: "The Simpsons New episode tonight! Please welcome Grey DeLisle as the new voice of Sherri, Terri and Martin Prince."

Grey DeLisle. Credit: Shutterstock
Grey DeLisle. Credit: Shutterstock
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This will come as welcome news for the fans, many of whom were worried about Martin's fate after Taylor's passing - particularly since The Simpsons has form for retiring characters in the wake of deaths among the cast.

This was the case for classics such as Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and Edna Krabappel, who all faded into the background following the passing of Phil Hartman and Marcia Wallace.

However, the creators have broken the form with Martin and the show's favourite boffin will be back.

That's not to say Taylor won't be sorely missed - not just by The Simpsons cast and crew, but also by The Walt Disney Company, as she had voiced Minnie Mouse for decades.

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Russi Taylor passed away aged 75. Credit: PA
Russi Taylor passed away aged 75. Credit: PA

In a statement on her passing, Disney CEO Bob Iger said: "Minnie Mouse lost her voice with the passing of Russi Taylor.

"For more than 30 years, Minnie and Russi worked together to entertain millions around the world - a partnership that made Minnie a global icon and Russi a Disney Legend beloved by fans everywhere."

"We're so grateful for Russi's talent as well as the tremendous spirit and great joy she brought to everything she did."

Featured Image Credit: 20th Century Fox

Topics: TV and Film, US Entertainment

Daisy Phillipson

Daisy is a UK-based freelance journalist with too many opinions. She loves everything film and music-related and has a track record writing for Little White Lies, BWRC, and Film Daily. Contact her at [email protected]