"Moving forward, The Simpsons will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters", the producers for Fox's long-running, animated tent pole said in a statement. Henry also provides the voice for another Black character, Cleveland's stepson Rallo Tubbs, who was a Cleveland Show regular and appears occasionally on Family Guy. The statement doesn't make clear exactly which voices are changing, perhaps because the show's producers are themselves still figuring that out.
THE SIMPSONS and Family Guy will no longer use white actors to voice non-white characters.
The Simpsons has always been criticised over the fact that white actor Hank Azaria plays the Indian convenience store owner Apu Nahasapeemapetilon.
His death has sparked an global Black Lives Matter movement, which has seen the "cancellation" of many controversial portrayals of people of colour in the entertainment industry.
It is now the turn of The Simpsons to take a radical decision: the white actors not to double more characters of color.
Mike Henry, who has been with Family Guy since its beginnings, wrote on Twitter Friday that he'll stop voicing Cleveland Brown on the show.
The producers behind the present issued a press release Friday saying that any more, its characters of shade shall be voiced by actors of shade exclusively.
It comes amid the backdrop of heightened tensions in the U.S. over racism and race issues following mass protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd, a black American, by police.
"All we know there is I won't be doing the voice anymore unless there's some way to transition it or something", Azaria said. "We all feel like it's the right thing and good about it", /Film quoted Azaria as saying.
On the series, Azaria also plays Carl Carlson, one of Homer's work pals, as well as the Bumblebee Man. Dr. Hibbert is voiced by Harry Shearer, who also voices Judge Snyder. Many have argued that this is not acceptable, and Hank Azaria stepped down from the role that he has played since 1990 earlier this year. That followed the release of a 2017 documentary, The Problem With Apu, and widespread criticism that Apu perpetuated stereotypes.