Kevin Michael Richardson will probably be taking on the voice function of Dr. Hibbert on “The Simpsons,” changing Harry Shearer, who portrayed the Black character since 1990.
Shearer voiced Dr. Hibbert on Sunday’s episode of “The Simpsons,” titled “DiaryQueen,” for the ultimate time. Next week’s episode “Wad Goals” will characteristic Kevin Michael Richardson within the function, a consultant for twentieth Television confirmed to Variety.
The recasting comes after “Simpsons” producers mentioned in June 2020 that white actors will not play non-white characters. Prior to that, Hank Azaria voiced the Indian character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon for years, drawing backlash amongst followers and the South Asian group. Azaria stepped down from the function in January 2020, and he was additionally changed by Black voice actor Alex Désert as Carl Carlson in a fall 2020 episode.
During the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020, a number of different animated reveals recast characters of coloration who had beforehand been voiced by white actors. YouTube star Arif Zahir took over the function of Cleveland Brown from Mike Henry on “Family Guy,” Ayo Edebiri changed Jenny Slate because the voice of Missy on Netflix’s “Big Mouth,” and Apple TV Plus introduced on Emmy Raver-Lampman to voice Molly Tillerman on “Central Park,” who was beforehand voiced by Kristen Bell.
Richardson has labored on “The Simpsons” since 2009, offering the voices for a lot of characters. He’s additionally labored on animated reveals like “Family Guy,” “The Cleveland Show,” “American Dad” and plenty of others. He’s received two Daytime Emmy nominations for voicing the villain Joker within the animated collection “The Batman” within the mid-2000s from Warner Bros. Animation.
On “The Simpsons,” Shearer has voiced Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Mr. Smithers, Principal Skinner and extra because the show debuted in 1989.