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Harry Shearer Stepping Away From Voicing Black Character 'The Simpsons'; Kevin Michael Richardson Will Replace Him

Kevin Michael Richardson will be taking over the voice role of Dr. Hibbert on The Simpsons.

The Wrap reports that Harry Shearer, a white actor, will step away from the role since season two.

“Last night’s episode ‘DiaryQueen’ featured Harry Shearer as the voice of Dr. Hibbert for the last time,” 20th Television shared in a statement to the site. “Next Sunday’s episode ‘Wad Goals’ will have Kevin Michael Richardson voicing Dr. Hibbert — and from there on out he will voice the character.”

The recasting comes after the show announced that they were going to replace every non-person of color voicing a character of color on the long running series.

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

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.

From there, Jenny Slate and Kristen Bell also stepped back from voicing characters of color on two other animated series.

Kevin has voiced other characters in the show since 2001 and is also a familiar voice from Family Guy.

Harry Shearer Is Coming Back to 'The Simpsons'

It was just announced that Harry Shearer will be returning to The Simpsons!

The 71-year-old actor will continue to voice the characters of Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Waylon Smithers, and Principal Skinner after negotiating a new deal.

Harry will be on the long-running Fox series through seasons 27 and 28.

It looks like Harry was able to move on from his public contract dispute in May, when he announced that he would be leaving the show.

The Simpsons, which was recently renewed through 2017, will return to Fox on Sept. 27.

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The Simpsons' Harry Shearer Leaves Over Contract Dispute

Harry Shearer, who has been a part of the cast of The Simpsons for over 25 years, is leaving the show over a contract dispute.

The 71-year-old actor says that his contract is not being renewed after he held out in negotiations for the upcoming seasons as he wanted to do side projects in addition to the classic animated series.

“From [Simpsons executive producer] James L. Brooks‘ lawyer: ‘Show will go on, Harry will not be part of it, wish him the best,’” Harry tweeted. In a second post, he wrote, “This because I wanted what we’ve always had: the freedom to do other work. Of course, I wish him the very best.”

Harry has voiced many of the fan favorite characters over the years, including Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Waylon Smithers, and Principal Skinner.

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