Hank Azaria Will No Longer Voice Apu on 'The Simpsons'

Hank Azaria Will No Longer Voice Apu on 'The Simpsons'

Hank Azaria Will No Longer Voice Apu on 'The Simpsons'

"All we know is I won't be doing the voice anymore, unless there's some way to transition it or something", Azaria told the site SlashFilm.com at Thursday's Television Critics Association winter press tour.

But it all came to a head in recent years with the 2017 documentary The Problem With Apu. It's up to them and they haven't sorted it out yet.

Azaria, who also stars on Brockmire, also volunteered to stop voicing the character and supported the idea of character reinvention. Although Azaria himself said he was willing to "step aside" from Apu in the wake of Kondabolu's documentary, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening was not moved by the film, claiming back in 2018 that the complaints were mostly from people who "love to pretend they're offended". Hank Azaria, as recently as a year ago, said he was willing to step aside from the character in an interview with Stephen Colbert.

In the fallout, it first appeared that the character of Apu would be written out of The Simpsons entirely.

In his documentary, The Problem with Apu, he said Apu was one of the only representations of South Asians on United States television when he was growing up and other children imitated the character to mock him.

Azaria speculated that among options going forward is transitioning Apu's voice to an Indian actor.

Jumping forward to the present day - that being Friday 17 January, 2020 - and Azaria has moved to end speculation by announcing that he will not be voicing Apu any longer. All we've agreed on is I won't do the voice any more'.

The Simpsons addressed the controversy on the show itself, during a 2018 episode that featured a scene of Marge reading a favorite childhood book with daughter Lisa.

Lisa turns to the camera and says: "It's hard to say". While documentary had sparked controversy and people started questioning about Apu's future in the series, the character continued to feature in The Simpsons. She looked at a nearby picture of Apu that featured Bart's catchphrase, "Don't have a cow!"

Reacting to reports that Azaria had stepped down, Kondabolu said he hoped the character remained in the show and that "a very talented writing staff do something interesting with him".

"It was certainly not my intention", he said.

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