The Simpsons is the latest - and easily most prominent - animated series to announce the decision to recast key non-white voice roles with actors of color, following Mike Henry stepping down as the voice of Cleveland Brown on fellow FOX series Family Guy, Jenny Slate deciding to no longer voice Missy on Netflix's Big Mouth, and Kristen Bell leaving the role of Molly on Apple TV+'s Central Park.
Azaria also voices Carl Carlson, a Black character on "The Simpsons" who is often seen alongside the white character Lenny Leonard, voiced by Harry Shearer.
Henry made the announcement Friday, saying, "It's been an honor to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years".
Posting on Twitter, Henry wrote that it had "been an honour" to play the character for two decades but that "persons of colour should play characters of colour".
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"Moving forward, The Simpsons will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters", the show's producers said in a succinct statement on Friday, June 26, without elaborating on who will be cast to voice characters from non-white backgrounds.
He also voiced Latina maid Consuela on the animated series.
The Simpsons will stop using white actors to voice black and minority ethnic characters, producers have said, amid calls for greater diversity in entertainment.
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The announcements come amidst a widespread reckoning for USA pop culture about racism following mass protests this month over the killings of Black Americans by police.
The statement released on Friday did not say whether Apu or other characters would continue to feature in the show.
The statement from the show producers did not say whether Apu or other characters would remain on the series.
Apu, an Indian character in "The Simpsons", has been the source of controversy for years over its racial stereotyping.
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"Casting a mixed race character [with a] white actress undermines the specificity of the mixed race and Black American experience", she added. "We all feel like it's the right thing", he said at the time.