The Simpsons Voice Actor Will No Longer Play Apu

Carla Harmon
January 18, 2020

According to /Film, Emmy Award-winning voice actor Hank Azaria (Ray Donovan, Brockmire) has officially confirmed that he will no longer be voicing the character of Apu in future episodes of Fox's long-running animated sitcom The Simpsons after 30 seasons.

Hank Azaria has revealed he'll longer voice Apu on The Simpsons, telling /Film, "All we know there is I won't be doing the voice anymore, unless there's someway to transition it or something".

He added: 'What they're going to do with the character is their call. It's up to them and they haven't sorted it out yet. We all agreed on it. So far, Al Jean - the showrunner for "The Simpsons" - hasn't yet publicly commented on Azaria's statement, nor has there been any official confirmation from the show itself.

It's been almost two years since Hari Kondabolu's TruTV documentary, The Problem With Apu, pointed out, well, for lack of better words, the problem with Azaria's portrayal of the character.

The Simpsons addressed the controversy in the 2018 episode No Good Read Goes which Marge tries to share books from her youth with her daughter Lisa only to realise they now seem politically incorrect. "What can you do?"

Lisa then pointed to a picture of Apu with "don't have a cow, man" written on it, and the two characters agreed to revisit the issue at a later time. "And I think it's a time in our culture where people love to pretend they're offended".

He also said he would be willing to stop playing the character. "I really want to see Indian, South Asian writers in the writers' room, not in a token way, but genuinely informing whatever new direction this character may take, including how it is voiced or not voiced". "We all feel like it's the right thing and good about it". "The idea that anybody, young or old, past or present, was bullied or teased or worse based on the character of Apu on The Simpsons, or the voice or any other tropes of the character is distressing, especially in post-9/11 America", he said.

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