Family Guy’s Mike Henry Stepping Down as Voice of Cleveland: ‘Persons of Color Should Play Characters of Color’

Jenny Slate announced on Wednesday that she will no longer voice biracial tween Missy on Netflix’s Big Mouth, while Kristen Bell is also being recast as the voice of a young biracial character on Apple TV+’s Central Park. He also headlined The Cleveland Show for four seasons (2009–2013) on Fox. “It’s been an honor to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years,” Henry tweeted on Friday. “I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color. Cleveland now joins a growing list of high-profile animated characters that have been recast this week. Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role.”
Henry, who is not Black, has voiced Cleveland, who is Black, since the character was introduced in Family Guy‘s 1999 series premiere. RELATED STORIES

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After two decades, Mike Henry is stepping down as the voice of Family Guy‘s Cleveland Brown, the actor announced on Twitter.
See Henry’s announcement in full below:

It’s been an honor to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years. pic.twitter.com/FmKasWITKT
— Mike Henry (@mikehenrybro) June 26, 2020

UPDATE: Fox on Friday released a statement announcing that The Simpsons “will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters.” I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color. Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role.

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