Hank Azaria Says He Will No Longer Voice Apu on ‘The Simpsons’

Variety | 1/17/2020 | Variety Staff
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Hank Azaria says he is officially stepping down as the voice of Apu on “The Simpsons.”

“I won’t be doing the voice anymore, unless there’s someway to transition it or something,” Azaria said in an interview with SlashFilm. “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.”

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Reps for the show declined to comment. Reps for Azaria did not immediately return Variety‘s request for comment.

Calls for Azaria, who has voiced the Indian Kwik-E-Mart owner for decades, to stop playing Apu intensified in 2017 after comedian Hari Kondabolu released the documentary “The Problem With Apu.” The doc explored how people of South Asian descent felt about growing up with Apu as one of their only representatives on American television.

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