Family Guy: Cleveland Voice Actor Mike Henry Steps Down From Role

Mike Henry

It later led to a spin-off show called, The Cleveland Show, which ran from 2009 until 2013.

Hot New Hip Hop reported today that Mike Henry, who voiced the role of Cleveland Brown on Family Guy, finally stepped down from the position following more than two decades. He said is "stepping down" because "persons of color should play characters of color". As it was previously reported, many other white actors and actresses revealed they were stepping down from their roles due to their race.

Henry had also voiced the Latin maid named Consuela on the series.

In this September 23, 2010 photo, actor and show co-creator Mike Henry appears with signage for his animated series "The Cleveland Show" at a panel discussion at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Fellow Fox series The Simpsons will be undergoing similar changes in the near future. That decision came months after Hank Azaria said he would no longer voice the popular "Simpsons" character Apu, which had been criticized as a racist, stereotypical and demeaning portrayal of South Asian people.

Henry took to Twitter to announce that he will stop playing the show's main Black character because "persons of colour should play characters of colour".

It's unclear when exactly Family Guy's Cleveland overhaul will take effect or how far along the recasting process is.

For more on Family Guy's long history on the air, check out IGN's Top 20 Family Guy episodes.



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