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Jenny Slate Exits Netflix's 'Big Mouth': 'Black Characters on an Animated Show Should Be Played by Black People'

Jenny Slate Exits Netflix's 'Big Mouth': 'Black Characters on an Animated Show Should Be Played by Black People'

Jenny Slate is leaving Big Mouth.

The 38-year-old actress announced that she will no longer be voicing the role of Missy on the hit Netflix series, due to the character being biracial while she herself is white, she announced Wednesday (June 24).

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“At the start of the show, I reasoned with myself that it was permissible for me to play ‘Missy’ because her mom is Jewish and white — as am I. But ‘Missy’ is also Black and Black characters on an animated show should be played by Black people,” she said.

By taking the role, she said she was “engaging in an act of erasure of Black people…ending my portrayal of ‘Missy’ is one step in a life-long process of uncovering the racism in my actions.”

“We thank Jenny for her decision and for creating with us an inspiring, compassionate and very human character. We look forward to being able to explore Missy’s story with even greater authenticity to come,” the show’s creators then said in a joint statement on social media.

If you missed it, Jenny recently revealed how she almost ruined her fiance’s marriage proposal for a hilarious reason. Find out what happened!

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