Actor Hank Azaria, who voiced the gay character, Julio, on “The Simpsons”, has been replaced by gay actor Tony Rodriguez. It was reported by The Independent.
Rodriguez, like his future character, is LGBT and Cuban. The actor began working on the show in March and admitted on social media that his dream of participating in the project has finally come true.
That said, Azaria will continue to work as a voice actor on “The Simpsons,” as his voice speaks not only Julio but also more than 160 other characters. Among them are Carl Carlson, Mo Sizlak, Clancy Wiggum, Professor Frink, and Nick Rivera.
In June 2020, the creators of the animated series “The Simpsons” announced that they would ban white actors from voicing non-white characters. The decision followed actor Mike Henry’s announcement that he would no longer voice the dark-skinned character Cleveland in the “Family Guy” animated series. The reason for the decision was that the actor himself is white and the character is black.