Mike Henry is exiting his role as Cleveland Brown on “Family Guy.” Making the announcement on Friday on Twitter Henry siad. “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.”
Since its first season in 1999 Henry has been with the long running animated series “Family Guy”. Not only does he voice Cleveland, he also voices Latina maid Consuela, for nearly two decades. He voiced Cleveland and Black stepson, Rallo Tubbs, on the spin-off series “The Cleveland Show,” which was aired on Fox for four seasons from 2009 to 2013.
He is the latest white actor to announce that will no longer voice a character of color on an animated show. On wednesday Jenny Slate announced she would no longer play Missy biracial on the Netflix show “Big Mouth.” Kristen Bell then announced she would be stepping down from from playing a biracial her character in the Apple animated series “Central Park.”
The Simpsons have also announced they will no longer have white actors voice non-white roles in their series moving forward.