Last June, The Simpsons introduced that white actors would not be voicing Black characters on the show, and now Harry Shearer has been changed by veteran voice actor Kevin Michael Richardson within the position of Dr. Julius Hibbert, Deadline has confirmed.
Shearer had been the voice of Dr. Hibbert for the reason that character’s debut greater than 30 years in the past. Shearer will proceed to voice his different characters Including Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner and Mr. Burns.
Fox confirmed to Deadline that final evening’s “Diary Queen” episode that includes Shearer because the voice of Dr. Hibbert was his final, and Richardson will take over the character’s voice starting Sunday, February 28.
The Simpsons‘ new coverage adopted Family Guy veteran Mike Henry announcement final yr that he would not voice the black Cleveland Brown character on Fox’s long-running animated hit. Hank Azaria additionally stated final January that he would step again from voicing the Indian American convenience-store proprietor Apu after being closely criticized for doing so.
Richardson acquired a 2019 Primetime Emmy nomination for voicing the character Rosie on Netflix’s F Is For Family. He additionally labored on Family Guy, American Dad!, Guardians of the Galaxy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Bless The Harts, amongst others.
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