For 31 years, actor Harry Shearer has provided the voice of Dr. Julius Hibbert The Simpsons. But that strip ended with last Sunday’s episode of DiaryQueen. As promised last summer, the show’s producers have hired a black actor to replace Shearer and voice Black̵
The Vultures report that Harry Shearer’s term as Dr. Hibbert is over. Starting with the episode of the upcoming weekend “Wad Goals”, the character will now be voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson, which expressed Goro in 1995 Mortal Kombat film and has since starred in hundreds of television episodes in shows such as Pinky and the brain,, Static shock,, Teen titans,, Star Wars: The Clone Wars,, The Boondocks, and F is for family, just to name a few. He is also a veteran of The Simpsons, giving his voice to characters like Anger Watkins, Jimi Hendrix, Dave Chappelle and many others since 2009, so this is familiar territory to him. (Shearer, of course, is still involved with the series – he voices characters such as Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, Director Skinner, Ned Flanders, the Reverend Lovejoy, Kent Brockman, etc.)
After Hank Azaria retired from the role of store owner Apu on The Simpsons last year, the producers decided to change their policy on voice actors playing certain roles. “I’m moving forward, The Simpsons they will no longer have white actors with the voice of non-white characters, ”they said. This casting change is the latest example of producers following this promise, albeit belatedly: The Hollywood Reporter points out that Richardson’s casting comes after Alex Dessert, who was recruited to play Homer Simpson’s colleague Carl Carlson, previously voiced by Azaria and Jenny Yokobori, who takes on the role of Comic Book Guy’s wife, Kumiko Albertson, who was previously voiced by Tress MacNeille.
This is part of a larger, long-needed move towards accurate representation in the world of animation. Last year, white actor Mike Henry left the role of Black Hero Cleveland Brown A family man (Arif Zahir was eventually cast in this role) both on Netflix Big mouth and AppleTV + Central Park decided to change their casting to give colored people the opportunity to voice colorful characters in these shows.
Richardson won two Emmy nominations during the day for his work as the Joker The Batman, an animated series aired in the mid-2000s. If he manages to win an award for embodying a character as iconic as the Joker (and one who had such a defining performance by Mark Hamill years earlier in Batman: The animated series), it would be good to play Dr. Hibbert The Simpsons.
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