One other white “Simpsons” voice actor has stepped down from lending his pipes to a personality of colour.
In line with The Wrap, Harry Shearer, who’s white, will not voice the black character Dr. Hibbert. He’ll get replaced by Kevin Michael Richardson (“Bless the Harts”) in next Sunday’s episode, “Wad Goals.”
Shearer has voiced Springfield’s most expert physician — in distinction to Hank Azaria’s incompetent Dr. Nick — since 1990. He additionally voices Ned Flanders and Principal Skinner, amongst other characters, and Fox confirmed to The Post that he’ll proceed voicing the other roles.
He joins Azaria, who final yr introduced that he’d not voice the Indian character Apu — in part after a 2017 documentary, “The Problem with Apu,” introduced consideration to the subject. Azaria nonetheless voices a variety of characters on the present, similar to Moe and Chief Wiggum.
“The Simpsons” is way from the only animated series to address this topic in latest months.
After the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter motion over the summer time of 2020 following the killing of George Floyd, “Family Guy” actor Mike Henry, who’s white, introduced that he was stepping down from voicing the black character Cleveland. Arif Zahir has since taken over that role.
On Netflix’s “Big Mouth,” Jenny Slate stepped down from voicing Missy — Ayo Edebiri has since taken over the role — and Apple TV+ series “Central Park” re-cast bi-racial character Molly, who was initially voiced by Kristen Bell and is now done by “Umbrella Academy” star Emmy Raver-Lampman.
“The Simpsons” is presently in Season 32, airing Sundays at 8 p.m. on Fox.