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

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

Voice actor Mike Henry announced he'll no longer be playing the role of Cleveland Brown on the long-running animated sitcom. He stated that he loved the character, however, people of color should be given the chance to voice Cleveland instead of him.

Henry had also voiced the Latin maid named Consuela on the series. Jenny Slate announced on Wednesday that she will no longer voice biracial tween Missy on Netflix's Big Mouth, while Kristen Bell is also being recast as the voice of a young biracial character on Apple TV+'s Central Park.

They had previously faced backlash over Hank Azaria's portrayal of Indian-American store owner Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, prompting the white actor to quit the role in January and express remorse over the character's over-the-top accent and exaggerated mannerisms. He said is "stepping down" because "persons of color should play characters of color".

Bumbling Homer Simpson, housewife Marge, troublemaker Bart, prodigy Lisa, and baby Maggie, have captured the changing face of America for more than 30 years in the longest-running scripted show on United States television.

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The Simpsons is syndicated in more than 100 countries.

Bell and the creative team behind the show recognize "that the casting of the character of Molly is an opportunity to get representation right - to cast a Black or mixed race actress and give Molly a voice that resonates with all the nuance and experiences of the character as we've drawn her", they wrote in a statement.

"I acknowledge how my original reasoning was flawed, that it existed as an example of white privilege and unjust allowances made within a societal system of white supremacy", Slate said in an Instagram post this week.



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