Hank Azaria, the actor who has been voicing the character of Apu on “The Simpsons” for the past 30 years, has stepped down from the role.
The show came under fire for reinforcing racist stereotypes given Azaria is a white man.
Azaria voices other characters on the show as well, including Chief Wiggum and Moe Szyslak.
However, but his depiction came under fire in a 2017 documentary titled “The Problem with Apu.”
The documentary showed the comedian Hari Kondabolu investigating why the character was problematic and a racial stereotype.
55-years-old Azaria has now confirmed his time as Apu is done.
While talking Slashfilm, Azaria said, “All we know is I won’t be doing the voice anymore, unless there’s some way to transition it or something.”
“We all made the decision together — we all agreed on it. We all feel like it’s the right thing and good about it”, he further added.
Following the documentary broadcast, the long-running series’ creator Matt Groening said that the character would not be written out of the show.