‘The Wire’ Favorite Wendell Pierce Launches Campaign to Be the New Voice of Cleveland

Wendell Pierce, the fan favorite actor from “The Wire” and recent star of “Clemency” and “Burning Cane,” has launched a social media campaign to be the new voice actor of Cleveland on “Family Guy.” Mike Henry, the original voice of Cleveland, announced last week he would be stepping away from the long-running Fox animated sitcom over the racial insensitivity of his casting.“It’s been an honor to play Cleveland on ‘Family Guy’ for 20 years,” Henry wrote on social media.

“I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color.

Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role.”Henry’s “Family Guy” exit followed in the footsteps of Jenny Slate and Kristen Bell leaving their respective animated shows “Big Mouth” and “Central Park” over similar issues.

Both actresses voiced biracial characters on their series.

Pierce took to social media to say he is interested in being the new voice of Cleveland.

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