I am legitimately too furious to write an article, so I have to copy this story wholesale from Forces of Geek, who broke the news:
As excited as I was about the return of Futurama,
FOX has once again ruined that experience by their callous actions.
According to no less than cast members John DiMaggio, Phil LaMarr, and
Maurice LaMarche on their Facebook pages, a casting notice has gone out
to replace actors DiMaggio, LaMarche, Billy West and Katy Sagal.
I’m betting that FOX doesn’t want to pay for these talented folk and
would much rather cast “sound-alikes” at a much lower rate. A similar
incident happened on Matt Groening’s other series, The Simpsons, which resulted in a hefty raise for the voice actors.
any attempt to recast these talented folks should be the first
indicator that the new season is poorly executed and just a cheap
attempt to push out product.
FoG even has the new casting sheet searching for voices to play the roles of Fry, Bender, Leela, and more.
I can’t stand it. I can’t fucking stand it. Fox dicks over Futurama for years, refusing to give it a chance to succeed. When it makes a jillion dollars on DVD, Groening and David X. Cohen have to fight tooth-and-nail to get four straight-to-DVD movies made, despite the fact they’d obviously turn a profit. And when those succeed, and when Comedy Central offers to pony up some cash to air a whole new series, Fox pulls this shit? I don’t care if it’s just a tactic to reduce the real voice actors’ salaries — that’s bullshit. The reason Futurama has succeeded despite Fox is because of their talent, along with the directors and writing staff. They’ve made you a ton of money, so you’re going to dick them over to reduce their pay? Fuck them. Fuck their families. Fuck their babies and pets. Fuck everyone who’s ever held a door open for them.
Los Angeles cops, let me save you some time — when the first bodies of the Fox executives show up WITH A HOLE IN THEIR SKULLS AND MY DNA IN THEIR BRAINS, IT’S ME. I’M SKULLFUCKING THEM TO DEATH. AND THIS IS WHY. BLEAAAAARRRRRGGGHHHHHH