I'm pretty sure this is not about the money. The guy is 71 years old and has is own TV show and his own radio show, plus multiple books. I seriously doubt the money is the problem.
He has accomplished all the above while he was under the oppressive yoke of his Simpsons contract - how much more freedom did he want/need?
The production company said it offered Shearer the same contract as it offered all the other cast members, but Shearer turned it down.
Shearer says he simply wanted what he always had - the freedom to work on other projects.
How can you reconcile the above?
Harry Shearer famously tried to 'demand' that the voice actors get royalties from product licensing - do you know what happened then? Not only did the voice talent NOT get participation in product licensing revenue, the entire cast got a PAY CUT.
Harry Shearer has a history of being the squeaky wheel, tilting at windmills under the pretense of helping others.
Presumably Mr. Shearer was offered the same contract he had the previous 26 years, the contract that allowed him to write several books, have his own radio, TV shows, and whatever else, but he wanted more... What that 'more' was I can not say, only that the production company felt they couldn't give him whatever it was he asked for, so now someone else will voice his characters and collect some fraction of the reported $300K Mr. Shearer was previously paid per episode.