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Hank Azaria will no longer voice Apu on The Simpsons

Jan 18 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 1/18/2020 8:52:35 AM IST

 After 30 years, Hank Azaria will no longer voice Indian immigrant and Kwik-E-Mart owner Apu on The Simpsons. 

The 55-year-old actor told Slashfilms the news on Friday, though he will continue to voice other characters on the long running Fox show. 
In recent years the character Apu has come under fire for perpetuating racial stereotypes and Azaria has openly expressed willingness to step aside. In the actor's statement it was unclear as to what the fate of the character might be, and if the role would be recast or written out. 'All we know there is I won’t be doing the voice anymore, unless there’s some way to transition it or something,' Azaria said. '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 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. All we’ve agreed on is I won’t do the voice anymore.' Azaria first debuted as the character during season one in 1990.
Despite the characters South Asian ethnicity, Azaria comes from a Sephardic Jewish family and himself described the accent he gave Apu as 'stereotypical.'
Accusations against the show of perpetuating stereotypes heightened in 2017 with the release of documentary The Problem With Apu. 
The doc's writer Hari Kondabolu told BBC '[Apu's] funny, but that doesn’t mean this representation is accurate or right or righteous. It gets to the insidiousness of racism, though, because you don’t even notice it when it’s right in front of you.' 
(Kellie Chudzinski for Dailymail)

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