Big News About the Simpsons' Apu

Hank Azaria says he's done voicing the character
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2020 5:24 PM CST
Big News About the Simpsons ' Apu
This image released by Fox shows the Apu from the animated series "The Simpsons."   (Fox via AP)

Controversy has long been swirling around Apu, the Simpsons' Indian character, being voiced by white actor Hank Azaria. Now, Azaria tells Slashfilm he won't be voicing the character anymore. "We all made the decision together. We all agreed on it. We all feel like it’s the right thing and good about it," he says. As far as what's next (will someone else voice the character? will he be cut from the series?), Azaria says he doesn't know. "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. ... All we know there is I won’t be doing the voice anymore, unless there’s some way to transition it or something." No one other than Azaria has yet confirmed the news, per the AP. (Azaria told Stephen Colbert in 2018 he was willing to step aside.)

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