One in every of Household Man’s most beloved characters could have a brand new voice.
Mike Henry, who has performed the position of Cleveland Brown, is exiting the sequence after twenty years.
“It’s been an honor to play Cleveland on Household Man for 20 years,” Henry tweeted on Friday.
“I really like this character, however individuals of coloration ought to play characters of coloration. Subsequently, I can be stepping down from the position.”
Henry, who isn’t Black, has voiced Cleveland on Household Man since 1999, when the sequence debuted.
He went on to star because the titular character on spinoff sequence The Cleveland present for 4 seasons between 2009-13.
After the present was canceled, he returned to Household Man in a full-time capability.
It is unclear whether or not Henry might be stored on the sequence in an entire new position, however we’re certain an announcement will come down the road.
Household Man usually produces episodes effectively upfront, so it is unclear whether or not the actor’s voice has been utilized in future episodes, or if they are going to be scrapped.
A number of different actors have introduced this week that they’ll not be the voice of Black characters as Black Lives Matter protests proceed throughout the nation.
Episodes of 30 Rock and Scrubs that confirmed actors in blackface had been pulled from streaming providers and syndication.
Jenny Slate additionally introduced that she can be parting methods with Large Mouth.
“In the beginning of the present, I reasoned with myself that it was permissible for me to play ‘Missy’ as a result of her mother is Jewish and White — as am I,” Slate wrote on Instagram.
“However ‘Missy’ can also be Black, and Black characters on an animated present needs to be performed by Black individuals.”
The identical week, Kristen Bell introduced she would not be paying a blended race character on Central Park.
“Casting a blended race character with a white actress undermines the specificity of the blended race and Black American expertise,” Bell mentioned.
“It was fallacious and we, on the Central Park crew, are pledging to make it proper. I’m joyful to relinquish this position to somebody who may give a way more correct portrayal and I’ll decide to studying, rising and doing my half for equality and inclusion.”
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