Mike Henry will no longer voice the character of Cleveland Brown on Fox’s long-running “Family Guy.”
Henry, who is white, has voiced the character since the show’s debut in 1999, as well as its short-lived spinoff, “The Cleveland Show,” which ran for four seasons. He also voiced another Black character, Rollo, on “Cleveland Show.”
“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 wrote on Twitter Friday.
The actor's decision comes after a number of white actors announced they would no longer voice animated characters of color.