“It’s been an honor to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years,” says Mike Henry.
Mike Henry is leaving Cleveland.
The Family Guy voice actor, who is white, announced Friday that he would no longer play Cleveland Brown, Peter’s chipper neighbor, who is black, on the animated Fox comedy. “It’s been an honor to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years,” Henry said on Twitter. “I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color. Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role.”
The fan-favorite character was part of the action for eight seasons before getting his own spin-off series, The Cleveland Show. That series, which also aired on Fox, lasted four seasons, and when it was canceled, Cleveland returned to Family Guy.