Another common Springfield resident is getting a long-overdue recast.
Harry Shearer, a white actor who has been voicing Black physician Julius Hibbert for the reason that character’s debut greater than 30 years in the past, is stepping down from the position, TVLine has confirmed. In reality, Shearer’s closing episode as Dr. Hibbert (Season 32’s “Diary Queen”) aired this previous Sunday. Shearer will proceed to voice his myriad different Simpsons roles, together with Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner and Mr. Burns.
Taking over the enduring character’s voice will probably be Kevin Michael Richardson, a widely known veteran of the voice performing world who has already lent his voice to The Simpsons (albeit in smaller roles) dozens of occasions since 2009. His first episode as Dr. Hibbert (“Wad Goals”) will air Sunday, Feb. 28.
Other characters Richardson has lately voiced embrace Family Guy‘s Jerome and Cleveland Brown Jr., American Dad!‘s Principal Lewis, Young Justice‘s Martian Manhunter, Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Groot, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles‘ Shredder, and The Batman‘s Joker. His intensive credit additionally embrace work on exhibits like Pinky and the Brain, The Powerpuff Girls, The PJs, Lilo & Stitch: The Series and Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Of course, Dr. Hibbert is hardly the primary character to be recast within the identify of racial accuracy in current months. The Simpsons famously introduced recastings for Carl (now performed by Alex Desert) and Apu (new voice TBD), whereas Family Guy launched a brand new voice actor for Cleveland (Arif Zahir). Over on the streaming providers, Netflix’s Big Mouth launched Ayo Edebiri as the brand new voice of Missy (beforehand voiced by Jenny Slate), whereas Apple TV+’s Central Park swapped out Kristen Bell for Emmy Raver-Lampman as Molly.
Vulture initially reported on Shearer’s recasting.