Actor Alex Désert is set to replace Hank Azaria as the voice of Homer̵
Désert, who appeared on TV in Better Things and Becker, will take on the role at the 32nd season premiere on Sunday.
The move comes after the show’s producers said white actors would no longer pronounce non-white characters.
Fox TV has not confirmed whether Désert’s voice will continue to appear in future episodes.
“We are very excited to welcome Alex Désert, who plays Carl at the premiere of the Simpsons season,” said a statement from the show, without adding any further details.
Three months ago, the show’s producers announced the new policy for the expression of non-white characters.
The show had criticized the portrayal of the Indian supermarket owner Apu Nahasapeempeaotiln, who was also voiced by Azaria.
Apu’s new voice has not yet been revealed. Azaria also provided the voices for black cop Lou and Mexican-American Bumblebee Man.
“Play the role that you are not”
Last month, Harry Shearer, whose characters Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders and Dr. Hibbert, a black doctor, belong to question the new rule.
“I have a very simple belief in acting,” he told Times Radio. “The actor’s job is to play someone he isn’t. That’s the performance. That’s the job description.
“I’m not a wealthy nuclear power plant owner. I’m not a Bible-believing Christian living next to Homer. I’m not one of those people.
“I think there is a merging between representation, which is important. People from different backgrounds should be represented in writing and producing lines of business so they can decide which stories to tell with what knowledge. Achievement … plays the role you are not. “
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