Mike Henry will no longer voice Cleveland on 'Family Guy'

Mike Henry will no longer voice Cleveland on 'Family Guy'

Family Guy's Mike Henry, a white voice actor who plays the Black character Cleveland Brown, has announced that he will be stepping down after 20 years in the role.

"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.

Henry, who is not Black, has voiced Cleveland, who is Black, since the character was introduced in Family Guy's 1999 series premiere.

Henry had also voiced the Latin maid named Consuela on the series.

They had previously faced backlash over Hank Azaria's portrayal of Indian-American store owner Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, prompting the white actor to quit the role in January and express remorse over the character's over-the-top accent and exaggerated mannerisms. On Wednesday, Kristen Bell and Jenny Slate separately announced that they would no longer be voicing biracial cartoon characters, acknowledging white privilege had allowed them to take such roles.

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

In an announcement on Twitter, he wrote that, while he loves the character and considers it an "honour" to have played the role, "persons of colour should play characters of colour".

This decision will result in several changes on the show.

The Simpsons is syndicated in more than 100 countries. Slate played the mixed-raced Missy on Netflix's Big Mouth and Bell was voiced as Molly on Apple TV+ show Central Park.

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