Mike Henry to stop voicing Black character on Family Guy

39;Family Guy' is making some changes as well with Mike Henry stepping down from his role as Cleveland

‘Family Guy’ Voice Actor Mike Henry Stepping Down From ‘Cleveland Brown’ Role

USA animated comedy series The Simpsons will no longer use white actors for the voices of characters from other ethnic backgrounds, the show's producers say.

"It's been an honor to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years", actor Mike Henry tweeted Friday.

The state of play: One character on the show, Apu, was seen as an offensive caricature that "perpetuated ugly stereotypes about South Asians" to many Indian Americans and immigrants, the New York Times' Vikas Bajaj wrote in 2018.

Producers of "The Simpsons" say white actors will no longer voice non-white characters on the show, while the white actor who plays Cleveland Brown on "Family Guy" is stepping down from the role.

"Moving forward, The Simpsons will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters", Fox spokesman Les Eisner said in a statement on Friday.

The changes also come after Hank Azaria said in January that he would no longer voice Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, a character he has played since 1990.

"On 'The Simpsons", one of the black characters, Carlton Carlson, has always been voiced by actor Hank Azaria.

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He also does the voice of the Latina maid, Consuela, on Family Guy.

Long-time cartoon sitcom "The Simpsons" announced on Friday that non-white characters will no longer be voiced by white actors.

His decision comes after voice actors Jenny Slate and Kristen Bell - who are white - pulled out of their roles to recast their biracial characters with someone of color.

Friday's announcement comes amid a widespread reckoning for United States pop culture about racism following mass protests this month over the killings of Black Americans by police that began following the death of George Floyd.

The character has always been seen as problematic and conveying racist stereotypes.

"Casting a mixed race character [with a] white actress undermines the specificity of the mixed race and Black American experience", she said in her statement.

It looks like The Simpsons has finally made a decision to do the right thing.

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