Harry Shearer walks away From Voicing the black character “The Simpsons”; Kevin Michael Richardson will replace him
Kevin Michael Richardson will take on the voice role of Dr. Hibbert in The Simpsons.
The Wrap reports that Harry Shearer, a white actor, will be stepping away from the role since season two.
“Last night’s episode ‘DiaryQueen’ featured Harry Shearer as the voice of Dr. Hibbert for the last time,” 20th Television said in a statement to the site. “In next Sunday’s episode ‘Wad Goals’, Kevin Michael Richardson will be voicing Dr. Hibbert – and from there, he’ll be voicing the character.
The redesign comes after the show announced that it will replace every non-person of color voicing a character of color in the long-running series.
“Going forward, The Simpsons will no longer have white actors voicing non-white characters,” the series said in a statement last year.
The issue with The Simpsons having white actors playing non-white characters was brought to light with Apu, the Indian owner of Kwik-E-Mart, in 2017.
From There, Jenny Slate and Kristen Bell also stepped away from voicing characters of color on two other animated series.
Kevin has voiced other characters on the show since 2001 and is also a familiar voice of Family Guy.
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