Shearer, who voiced Dr. Hibbert and Judge Snyder, among other non-white characters, told the Times Radio, “I have a very simple belief about acting. Simpsons actor Hank Azaria has said he will no longer voice the character Apu, the subject of controversy over allegations of racism. Thank you, but Hank Azaria won’t be coming again. Google threatens to pull search engine in Australia. Something that started a long time ago, decades ago, that was applauded and was inoffensive, is now politically incorrect. A distressed Marge then asks her daughter what she is supposed to do. Harry Shearer was the most recent principal cast member to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance. Apu from the Simpsons on Paltalk and DailyComedy. The voice actor who plays Simpsons character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon has announced he will be stepping down from the role following a long-running racism debate over the character. Read about our approach to external linking. Earlier in 2020, Apu's one-time voice actor Hank Azaria told the New York Timesthat he would never voice the character again. End of an era! At the time, Mr Azaria - who also provides the voice of popular characters Moe Szyslak and Chief Wiggum, among others - said he found it "very upsetting to me personally and professionally" that anyone was marginalised because of Apu. After 30 years as a controversial Indian-American character on The Simpsons, Hank Azaria has announced he will no longer voice the thickly accented Apu N The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Simpsons actor Hank Azaria says he will no longer voice Apu Hank Azaria says he is officially stepping down as the voice of Apu on “The Simpsons.” “I won’t be doing the voice anymore, unless there’s someway to transition it or something,” Azaria… The Simpsons producers said in a statement that “We respect Hank’s journey in regard to Apu. “Moving forward, The Simpsons will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters," the show confirmed to BuzzFeed News. “All we know there is I won’t be doing the voice … This whole thing, like the low-blow response to The Problem with Apu, could have been avoided by Shearer simply saying (and genuinely meaning), “I welcome a Black actor voicing a Black character.”. © 2021 BBC. THE Simpsons’ Apu actor Hank Azaria has revealed the "uncomfortable and upsetting" truth behind his exit – and branded the race row a "blind spot". Harry Shearer doesn’t sound like a fan of this decision. White actor Hank Azaria has performed the voice of the Indian convenience store owner since the character was created in 1990. Members of the ex-president's party say he deserves "a full and fair process that respects his rights". Jamshed immediately asserts his authority by pulling out a large double-barreled shotgun and pointing it in their direction. He also said he would be willing to stop playing the character. All we’ve agreed on is I won’t do the voice anymore,” he said. Reacting to reports that Mr Azaria had stepped down, Mr Kondabolu said he hoped the character remained in the show and that "a very talented writing staff do something interesting with him.". 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In the scene, Marge changes a bedtime story to make it more politically correct, but her daughter objects. We all feel like it's the right thing and good about it.". Kelsey Grammer voices Sideshow Bob. It was not immediately clear if Apu would get a new voice or be dropped from the cartoon. Share ; Tweet; Comment; The racial representation controversy dragged into the … "We respect Hank’s journey in regard to Apu. Don't get rid of Apu. 'The Simpsons' team haven't quite figured out what they want to do with the character of Apu, but longtime voice actor Hank Azaria is retiring from the role The Simpsons: Apu’s Voice Actor Will No Longer Play the Character The Simpsons star Hank Azaria has officially retired as the voice of Apu, after 30 years of playing the character and some recent controversy. After the news, many people are wondering if Apu’s character will be taken out of new episodes of The Simpson’s entirely, or whether he will remain in the show. Carl will now be voiced by actor Alex Désert, according to Variety, although it’s unclear whether this is a permanent replacement. FOX/YouTube; Shutterstock. He is first shown when Apu leaves him in charge of the Kwik-E-Mart while Apu and Springfield's volunteer fire department rush to save Homer Simpson from a fire, fearing that Dolph, Jimbo and Kearney will shoplift his store in his absence. Hank Azaria confirmed that he’ll be stepping down from his role as the voice of Apu on The Simpsons after more than 30 years. Marcia Wallace appeared regularly as Edna Krabappel until her death in 2013. ↑ Rao, Sameer (2016-05-11). "We all made the decision together... We all agreed on it. The decision comes five months after actor Hank Azaria announced he would no longer be voicing Apu , a recurring character whose stereotypical portrayal and accent had drawn criticism for years. Perez Jan 17, 2020 the Simpsons itself addressed the controversy in a episode... 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