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'Suits’ Star Wendell Pierce Volunteers To Take Over Voice Role of Family Guy’s Cleveland Brown

Wendell Pierce is putting his name in the hat to take over the role of Cleveland Brown.

The Suits actor, who famously starred as Meghan Markle’s father Robert Zane on the TNT series, volunteered to take the role after it was announced that Mike Henry stepped away from it.

Mike, a white man, made a statement over the weekend about stepping away after several other white actors stepped away from their own roles voicing characters of color.

“Now that Mike Henry has consciously given up the role of Cleveland. I am publicly starting a campaign to voice the role myself on The Cleveland Show,” he wrote.

While technically Wendell can not voice the character on The Cleveland Show (it was cancelled in 2013), he is still able to voice the part on Family Guy.

If you missed it, this other actor revealed they regret voicing another character of color on a popular Netflix series.

Voice Actor Mike Henry Will No Longer Play Family Guy's Cleveland Brown & 'The Simpsons' Are Recasting Characters of Color

Major changes are on the way for both Family Guy and The Simpsons.

First, Mike Henry has stepped back from voicing Cleveland Brown, one of Peter Griffin’s neighbors and friends, and one of the few Black characters on the show.

“It’s been an honor to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years,” the actor shared on Twitter. “I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color. Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role.”

Additionally, The Simpsons announced Friday (June 26) that they’ll no longer use White actors to play characters of color on the long-running animated series and have made the decision to recast those already voicing characters of color.

“Moving forward, The Simpsons will no longer have White actors voice non-White characters,” the show said in a statement.

The issue with The Simpsons having White actors play non-white characters was brought to light with Apu, the show’s Indian Kwik-E-Mart proprietor, in 2017.

Hank Azaria, who voiced the character since the start of the series, has stepped back from voicing him.

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Seth MacFarlane Reveals Origins of Kevin Spacey Joke on 'Family Guy'

Seth MacFarlane is opening up about the origins of the Kevin Spacey joke on his series Family Guy, which was featured on the show over a decade ago.

The 44-year-old actor and show creator appeared on the Fox panel at the 2018 Winter TCA Tour on Thursday afternoon (January 4) at The Langham Huntington in Pasadena, Calif.

Seth was joined by co-stars Mila Kunis and Seth Green, along with some of the shows other writers and producers.

In a moment from an episode aired in 2005, the character Stewie is seen naked while running through a mall and shouting, “Help! I’ve escaped from Kevin Spacey‘s basement!” This was long before the Oscar-winning actor was accused of sexual misconduct by many people.

“I don’t remember who pitched the joke,” Seth said (via EW). “I remember when it was pitched… that was a rumor I had actually not heard and other people in the writers’ room had. And it had to be sort of explained to me: ‘Oh, there’s this rumor that’s going on.’”

“I think that that was something where he was coming off a story where he had been kind of beaten up in a London park, and he claimed that he was walking his dog late at night and fell, and I think that raised a lot of eyebrows,” executive producer Alec Sulkin added. “It’s one of the things in terms of Standards where if they heard the rumors, as we have, then they’ll allow it.”

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'Family Guy' Made a Kevin Spacey Joke Years Before Allegations

Family Guy made an eerie Kevin Spacey joke years before the sexual misconduct allegations.

In a 2005 episode of the show, character Stewie Griffin, a talking 1-year-old baby, claims he was being held in Kevin‘s basement.

“Help! I’ve escaped from Kevin Spacey‘s basement!” Stewie yells while running through a store without clothes on.

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has not yet spoke out about the joke but it’s not the first time he’s hinted at misconduct.

Back in 2013, he hinted at Harvey Weinstein‘s inappropriate behavoir when introducing the nominees for best-supporting actress at the Oscars.

Carrie Fisher Will Appear on Two Future 'Family Guy' Episodes

Carrie Fisher has appeared on Family Guy many times over the years and she has two episodes completed that will air in the future.

The legendary actress died at the age of 60 on Tuesday (December 27), but fans can look forward to seeing her on the big screen in Star Wars: Episode 8 and hearing her voice on Family Guy, according to Variety.

Carrie voices the role of Angela, Peter Griffin’s supervisor at the brewery. She made her debut on the animated series in 2005 and she has appeared in 20 episodes since. Air dates for her upcoming episodes have not yet been announced.

Seth MacFarlane, the creator and star of the series, paid tribute to Carrie after she died. Read his tweet below.

One Direction Makes an Appearance on 'Family Guy' - Watch Now!

One Direction is back together to make an appearance on an episode of Family Guy this weekend!

The entire group will be headed on a camping trip with Stewie, who has some interesting scary stories to tell.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of One Direction

Even though all the band’s memebers are depicted in the episode, only Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson recorded lines of dialogue for the episode.

One Direction‘s episode of Family Guy airs this Sunday (May 15) at 9 P.M. on Fox.

Check out a clip from the episode below…

'Family Guy' Made Caitlyn Jenner Transition Joke in 2009 (Video)

A clip from the hit Fox animated show Family Guy has gone viral for referencing the gender transition of Caitlyn Jenner (formerly known as Bruce) over six years ago.

In the 2009 episode, baby Stewie Griffin and the talking dog Brian are discussing her son Brody‘s birth.

Bruce Jenner is a man,” Brian says.

Stewie says, “No, Brian, that’s what the press would have you believe but he’s not. Bruce Jenner is a woman. An elegant, beautiful, Dutch woman.”

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