"I don't know why I have to defend the quality of the show to Harry Shearer . . . he's a guy who's been a malcontent, in my view," Al Jean, "The Simpsons" long-time producer, told The Post yesterday.
"For someone earning millions off the show this year . . . I just think it's unfathomable for him to take a shot at us."
Shearer seemed to be most disturbed that his characters no longer have a lot to do on the show. Now they are just walk-on parts.
"They used to have whole scenes," he said. "Season four looks very good to me now. Fortunately, I'm doing a lot of other things."
"I ran season four and he wasn't happy then," Jean fired back. "I just think it's an insult to all of us who work so hard. Harry doesn't put in that much time [working on the show] compared to the writers and producers.
"I think this past season was great, and I'm just so shocked that he would say that."
Jean boasted that Dan Castellaneta, who voices Homer Simpson, won an Emmy yesterday for Outstanding Voiceover Performance for "Today I'm a Clown," the episode in which Krusty the Clown has a Bar Mitzvah (Castellaneta also voices Krusty).