Family Guy voice actor, Mike Henry said Friday he is stepping down from the role of Cleveland Brown on the Fox animated series.
Mike Henry steps down from role Cleveland Brown
He announced on Twitter that he will stop playing the show’s main African American character.
Mike Henry, who is a white man, has voiced the character since the series debut in 1999.
He explained that he loves the character, but a person of color should play characters of color.
Mike Henry is 54-year old American voice actor, comedian, writer and producer.
He voiced Family guy’s Cleveland Brown since the beginning of the show. Additionally, he voiced the Latin maid, Consuela, in the series.
Moreover, Henry voiced Cleveland and his Black stepson, Rallo Tubbs, on the spin-off series “The Cleveland Show”. That show aired on Fox for four seasons from 2009 to 2013.
Seth MacFarlane is a 46-year old American producer and director, actor, working in both animation and live-action, for television and cinema.
MacFarlane is the creator of the TV series Family Guy and the Orville. Furthermore, he is the co-creator of the TV series American Dad! and The Cleveland Show.
Seth MacFarlane provides voices for a handful of characters including Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Brian Griffin and Glenn Quagmire.
Mike Henry is now the third voice actor who has stepped down from their mixed-race character.
Kristen Bell voiced Molly Tillerman on the Apple+ animated show “Central Park”. She announced on her Instagram that she will be stepping down from her role as.
The producers for the show, which premiered on May 29 and is five episodes into its first season, released a statement on social media following the news of Bell’s departure.
They said that Kristen Bell is an extraordinary talented actress who joined the cast of Central Park from nearly the first day of the show’s development.
Before there was even a character for her to play – and she has since delivered a funny, heartfelt, and beautiful performance.
However, after reflection, Kristen, along with the entire creative team, recognizes that the casting of the character of Milly is an opportunity to get representation right – to cast a Black or mixed race actress.
Actress Jenny Slate issued an open letter Thursday stating that she quit Big Mouth, the show where she voiced mixed-race character Missy Foreman-Greenwald.