The Family Guy voice actor who plays Cleveland Brown and Consuela has stepped down after 20 years to make way for a minority actor.
Mike Henry, 54, announced his resignation after voicing the character on Family Guy and its spinoff, the Cleveland Show since 1999.
Henry made the announcement Friday on Twitter. “It’s been an honor to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years,” he wrote. “I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color. Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role.”
It’s been an honor to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years. I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color. Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role. pic.twitter.com/FmKasWITKT
— Mike Henry (@mikehenrybro) June 26, 2020
Family Guy has not yet commented on Henry’s departure, but creator Seth McFarlane retweeted the voice actor’s announcement with no additional comment.
On Friday, The Simpsons announced in a statement that, “Moving forward, The Simpsons will no longer have White actors voice non-White characters.” Hank Azaria previously revealed that he would no longer voice the long-running series’ controversial Apu character; the fate of that character is unclear.
Henry is now the latest white actor to announce they will no longer voice a character of color on an animated show.
Jenny Slate announced on Wednesday that she would no longer play the biracial character Missy on the popular Netflix show “Big Mouth.” Not long after that, Kristen Bell announced she would be stepping down from her role as a biracial character in the upcoming Apple animated series “Central Park.”