According to Deadline, YouTube star Arif Zahir will be replacing Mike Henry as Cleveland Brown on Fox's animated series Family Guy after Henry announced in June that he would be stepping down from the role.
Mike Henry will remain a cast member of Fox's Family Guy, providing the voices of Bruce the Performance Artist, Herbert the Pedophile, and many more.
Arif will debut his Cleveland Brown voice in the 19th season of "Family Guy", which is set to air in 2021 and 2022.
In June, as the dialog about illustration on TV prolonged to animation, Henry mentioned he would not voice Cleveland, whereas Kristen Bell additionally stepped down from plating the biracial character Molly on "Central Park" and Jenny Slate mentioned she wouldn't proceed to play Missy, additionally a biracial character, on Netflix's "Large Mouth".
"Firstly, I'm eternally grateful to have received this once in a lifetime opportunity", Arif said of landing the job as the beloved show regular in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role", he said at the time.
Zahir is partly known for his Cleveland Brown impersonations from his YouTube Channel that has garnered millions of views. Plus, it seems he'll be able to coach Arif Zahir through his new gig as Cleveland Brown.
"I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color", Henry said when he backed away from the role amid word from Fox that it would no longer have white actors voice people of color on their animated programs. "Arif's vocal ability is clear, but his comprehension of both Cleveland and his admiration for the personality give me assurance he is in the appropriate hands". I look forward to getting to know Arif and working with him to make sure that Cleveland stays as awesome as it has always been. Overabundant gratitude. On Mike, you made something really special and I guarantee I'll do my best to honor your own legacy. To Wealthy Appel, Alec Sulkin and Seth MacFarlane, thanks for this unbelievable present.
Family Guy has discovered its fresh Cleveland Brown.
Henry will proceed to be heard as Cleveland on this yr's Season 18 "Household Man" episodes, which had already been accomplished and return on Sunday evening with the present's 350th episode.
"And on "The Cleveland Show" if there was a joke I wasn't sure about, I would defer to Sanaa [Lathan] or some of the other writers in the room who walk the walk and live the life because I don't", he stated at the time.