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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.

Joey King & 'Riverdale' Ladies Guest Star on 'The Simpsons'

Joey King, Lilly Singh, Weezer and Riverdale actresses Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes and Madelaine Petsch will all be lending their voice talents on an all-new episode of The Simpsons, airing this Sunday, May 10 at 8/7c on FOX.

In the episode titled “The Hateful Eight-Year-Olds”, Lisa makes a new friend who loves horses, but then becomes part of a circle of snooty young rich girls. Meanwhile, Homer takes Marge on a romantic cruise in the all-new

Here’s who’s voicing who: Lili Reinhart as Bella-Ella; Joey King as Addy; Madelaine Petsch as Sloan; Lilly Singh as Kensey; Camila Mendes as Tessa Rose; Weezer as Sailor’s Delight and Themselves.

Also in the episode, Weezer performs as a cover band named Sailor’s Delight, who are the house band on the romantic cruise taken by Homer and Marge. Some of “Sailor’s Delight’s” songs in the episode are classic hits from Weezer (The Black Album) or Pacific Daydream, but one song is completely new: the track called “Blue Dream,” and will be featured on the band’s forthcoming album, Van Weezer. Watch the preview clip below!

Weezer Plays “The Simpsons” Theme Song

Hank Azaria Reveals More About His Decision To Stop Voicing 'The Simpsons' Apu

Hank Azaria is opening up about his decision to stop voicing Apu on The Simpsons.

“Once I realized that that was the way this character was thought of, I just didn’t want to participate in it anymore,” the 55-year-old actor told The New York Times in a new interview. “It just didn’t feel right.”

Hank had voiced the character since his introduction on the long running show in 1990.

Viewers and fans of the show have had longtime issues with the Indian character being voiced by a white man, and the 2017 documentary The Problem With Apu focused in on how people perceive Indian people.

“What happened with this character is a window into an important issue,” he adds. “It’s a good way to start the conversation. I can be accountable and try to make up for it as best I can.”

Hank also shared that after the documentary was released he spent several years reading articles and essays about representation and attending “seminars about racism and social consciousness.”

The Simpsons have just recently been renewed for two more seasons.

Hank Azaria Will No Longer Voice Apu on 'The Simpsons'

Hank Azaria is taking a step back from one of his roles on The Simpsons.

The voice actor will no longer portray Apu, the show’s Indian Kwik-E-Mart proprietor who has been a part of the series since its first season.

“All we know there is I won’t be doing the voice anymore, unless there’s some way to transition it or something. We all made the decision together… We all agreed on it. We all feel like it’s the right thing and good about it,” Hank told Slashfilm.

He added, “What they’re going to do with the character is their call. It’s up to them, and they haven’t sorted it out yet. All we’ve agreed on is I won’t do the voice anymore.”

The decision comes after the character was criticized in a 2017 documentary titled The Problem With Apu, which noted the character was portrayed by a white actor and led to demeaning stereotypes of Indian-Americans.

After its release, Hank volunteered to leave the role and “help transition it into something new.”

There's an Issue with 'The Simpsons' on Disney+; Fix is Coming

Disney+ went live this week and the full library of The Simpsons episodes is among the content available on the new streaming service.

An issue has been reported with the way The Simpsons is being presented on the service, but a fix is on the way.

The Simpsons has been on the air since 1989, long before widescreen was the standard picture format for television. But, Disney+ is showing all episodes in the widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio, which loses visual quality.

“We presented The Simpsons in 16:9 aspect ratio at launch in order to guarantee visual quality and consistency across all 30 seasons. Over time, Disney+ will roll out new features and additional viewing options. As part of this, in early 2020, Disney+ will make the first 19 seasons (and some episodes from Season 20) of The Simpsons available in their original 4:3 aspect ratio, giving subscribers a choice of how they prefer to view the popular series,” the company said in a statement.

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Fox Renews 'The Simpsons' for Seasons 31 & 32!

The Simpsons is still going strong!

The show, which is the longest-running primetime scripted series in TV history, will extend for a 31st and 32nd season, Fox announced during the 2019 Winter TCA Press Tour on Wednesday (February 6).

The voice cast of the beloved show has reportedly already signed on for the two additional seasons, which will bring the show to a record 713 episodes.

The Simpsons currently ranks as one of the Top 5 comedies among adults 18-49 and the No. 2 comedy among adults 18-34. In its 30 seasons, the show has also won 33 Emmy Awards, 34 Annie Awards and a People’s Choice Award.

“We’ve got some eeeeeexcellllent news… #TheSimpsons has been renewed for Seasons 31 and 32! 🙌,” the show’s Twitter account announced on the same day.

Sam Heughan & Caitriona Balfe React to Outlander's Mention on 'The Simpsons'

Did you catch that Outlander mention on The Simpsons? Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe did!

Sam took to Twitter and posted the clip, which showed a courtroom scene from the long-running Fox cartoon.

The clip shows fan favorite characters, Patty and Selma Bouvier, speaking about a crime. Patty then says, “He gave Outlander a B-,” to which another Simpsons townsperson says, “That show knows what it wants to be, come on!”

Then The Simpsons‘ Judge, Roy Snyder, says, “Ooooh, I’ve heard that gets really good about 8 episodes in.”

Sam wrote on his Twitter about the clip, “This is better than any award…..” and his co-star Caitriona wrote, “Whaaaaaaaaaaat???????? HOOOmer M G ..!!!! Well I can now die happy! @Outlander_STARZ @SamHeughan @TheSimpsons 😱😱😱😱😱😱”