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Wendell Pierce Petitions to Voice Cleveland Brown After ‘Family Guy’ Star Mike Henry Steps Down

Veteran voice actor Mike Henry
Veteran voice actor Mike Henry

*“Family Guy” voice actor Mike Henry is stepping down from his role as Cleveland Brown.

Henry announced his departure on social media on Friday, saying in a statement, “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.”

Henry has provided the voice of the character since the Fox animated series’ debut in 1999.

“The Cleveland Show” ran  from 2009 to 2013, during which Henry provided the voice of Cleveland and his stepson, Rallo Tubbs. The comedian also voices Consuela the maid and several other minor characters. He served as co-creator and lead star on the spinoff for the series’ four seasons, The Blast reports. 

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In related news, actor Wendell Pierce is petitioning to become the new voice of Cleveland Brown, SandraRose reports. 

He took to social media to pitch himself, writing “Now that Mike Henry has consciously given up the role of Cleveland, I am publicly starting a campaign to voice the role myself on ‘The Cleveland Show.'”

Meanwhile, Fox renewed “Family Guy” last month for its 19th season.

We previously reported, according to @buzzfeed, #TheSimpsons will no longer allow non-white characters to be voiced by white actors.

“Moving forward, “The Simpsons” will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters,” the producers stated.

This comes five months after Hank Azaria announced he would no longer voice Apu. 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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