Hank Azaria Will No Longer Voice Apu on ‘The Simpsons’ — Report

IndieWire | 1/17/2020 | Staff
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While no official statement from the series and its representatives has emerged so far, “The Simpsons” voice actor Hank Azaria has revealed in a new interview with /Film that he will no longer voice Apu, the Indian immigrant proprietor of the Kwik-E-Mart on the beloved animated show. In the interview, which took place during the ongoing TCA tour in Southern California, Azaria said, “I won’t be doing the voice anymore, unless there’s some way to transition it or something…What they’re going to do with the character is their call,” referring to the series’ creative team that includes executive producers Matt Groening and James L. Brooks. “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.”

Azaria has contributed voice work to the series since it began in 1989, and his character has been a source of controversy for decades. In 2017, comedian Hari Kondabolu released the documentary film “The Problem with Apu,” which outlined how audiences of South Asian descent perceived Apu as one of their sole sources of representation on TV — for better or worse. After the movie was released, Hank Azaria said on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” that he was open to the idea of no longer voicing the character.

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“I think the most important thing is to listen to Indian people and their experience with it,” Azaria said at the time. “I really want to...
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