Mike Henry will no longer voice Cleveland on 'Family Guy'

29 Juin, 2020, 19:42 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • 039;Family Guy' Actor Mike Henry Steps Down as Cleveland

The statement did not elaborate but the move follows years of public pressure about the Fox television show's Indian convenience store character Apu, who is voiced by Hank Azaria.

White voice actor Mike Henry announced this weekend that he will be stepping down from his role as Cleveland, a Black character, on Fox's Family Guy, a role he also played in the spin-off The Cleveland Show.

"I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color", he said.

Family Guy actor Mike Henry, who played Family Guy's protagonist Cleveland Brown, says he is stepping down since 'persons of colour should play characters of colour'.

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Cleveland now joins a growing list of high-profile animated characters that have been recast this week.

The news emerged shortly before bosses on The Simpsons declared they will stop hiring white actors to voice characters of colour on their iconic cartoon. It's not clear how soon the show might find replacement actors to voice those characters, especially since they don't appear very often.

Henry has been with "Family Guy" since 1999. "We're so excited to move forward", Gad said in an interview with NBC's Today. "It was frankly an easy decision to make".

Citing her own "pervasive privilege", Kristen Bell also announced she is leaving her role as a mixed-race character on the Apple TV+ animated series, "Central Park". It's unclear whether Family Guy will do the same to their white actors losing roles.

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