‘The Simpsons’ Will ‘No Longer Have White Actors Voice Non-White Characters,’ Producers Say

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From VARIETY.COM

“The Simpsons” won’t have any repeats of Hank Azaria voicing Apu.

The producers behind the show issued a statement Friday saying that from now on, its characters of color will be voiced by actors of color only.

“Moving forward, ‘The Simpsons’ will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters,” the statement read.

News of the decision comes less than an hour after Mike Henry announced he will no longer voice the character of Cleveland Brown on fellow Fox animated comedy “Family Guy.”

“The Simpsons” has been subject to heavy criticism over the last few years on this issue, most notably over Azaria playing the Indian character Apu, and this statement represents a substantial shift from the producers’ historical stance on the matter. Azaria announced that he was stepping away from voicing the character in January. Calls for him to do so intensifi... (Read more)