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‘The Simpsons’ Actor Harry Shearer Hears “Folks Say The Present Has Turn out to be Woke” After He Stopped Voicing Dr. Hibbert

Harry Shearer voices many characters on The Simpsons and was not too long ago changed because the voice of Dr. Hibbert.

In 2020, producers determined to have now not white actors voice characters of coloration, a call which additionally made Hank Azaria retire from voicing Apu Nahasapeemapetilon.

Shearer not too long ago mirrored on the change and who impressed Dr. Hibbert’s voice.

“Folks say the present has turn out to be woke lately and certainly one of my characters has been affected,” Shearer mentioned on The Instances of London. “I voiced the Black doctor, Dr. Hibbert, who I primarily based on Invoice Cosby. Again then he was referred to as the ‘whitest Black man on tv.’ Then, a few years in the past, I acquired an e-mail saying they’d employed a Black actor, who then copied my voice. The result’s a Black man imitating a white man imitating the whitest Black man on TV.”

Kevin Michael Richardson took over the position of Dr. Hibbert in 2021. Shearer nonetheless voices Ned Flanders, Reverend Lovejoy, Principal Skinner, Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, Rainier Wolfcastle, and Kent Brockman, amongst many extra.

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Shearer additionally mentioned he “wasn’t positive about becoming a member of The Simpsons in 1989,” as “voice actors are often given a script after the animation is accomplished.”

“I took the job as a result of it was the opposite manner round,” he added. “I play greater than 20 characters however the evil nuclear energy plant proprietor, Mr. Burns, is a favourite. I styled his voice on Ronald Reagan.”

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