Family Guy: Cleveland Voice Actor Mike Henry Steps Down From Role

  • Family Guy: Cleveland Voice Actor Mike Henry Steps Down From Role

Family Guy: Cleveland Voice Actor Mike Henry Steps Down From Role

As it was previously reported, many other white actors and actresses revealed they were stepping down from their roles due to their race.

Voice actor Mike Henry is stepping down from his role as the black character Cleveland Brown on Fox's popular animated show Family Guy.

The Simpsons isn't the only FOX animated series making changes with how they cast characters of color.

Hank Azaria later said in interviews that while he initially rejected the idea of no longer voicing Apu, he eventually realized it was the right thing to do. Earlier this year, Azaria confirmed to the New York Times he would cease voicing the character. Tress MacNeille has also voiced Dr. Hibbert's wife Bernice and Apu's wife Manjula, along with the Asian character Cookie Kwan.

Family Guy actor Mike Henry, who played Family Guy's protagonist Cleveland Brown, says he is stepping down since 'persons of colour should play characters of colour'.

It's unclear what lies in wait for these actors' careers.

Henry, who is white, has played the voice of the black character since 1999 - back when syrup didn't need trigger warning, and woke mobs weren't hyper-focus on censoring movies from 1940.

"I now understand that people of color, should always voice people of color". The show hasn't commented on Henry's departure or made any announcement about Cleveland's future. "It was frankly an easy decision to make". But since Family Guy isn't going anywhere anytime soon, the role will be a good opportunity for whoever gets the part.