By Margaret Lyons
July 17, 2009 at 11:17 PM EDT
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Just when I was getting really excited for the revived Futurama, total bummer news emerges: The voice actors are going to be different. Who’s going to Zoid my Zoidberg?

Twentieth Century Fox, which is still producing the series even though new episodes will air on Comedy Central, is recasting the major voice roles for the show. That means no more Billy West (Fry, Professor, and Ziodberg), Katey Sagal (Leela), John DiMaggio (Bender), Maurice LaMarche (Kif Kroker, among others), or Tress MacNeil (Mom, and several others). Worst!

Fox released a statement saying “We love the Futurama voice performers and absolutely wanted to use them, but unfortunately, we could not meet their salary demands. While replacing these talented actors will be difficult, the show must go on. We are confident that we will find terrific new performers to give voice to Matt and David’s brilliantly subversive characters.”

Is it still Futurama with totally different voices, PopWatchers, or can this news bite your shiny metal — well, you know.

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