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Simpsons producers move on race issue

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The Simpsons won't have any repeats of Hank Azaria voicing Apu. 

The producers behind the show issued a statement on Friday saying that from now on, its characters of colour will be voiced by actors of colour only.

"Moving forward, 'The Simpsons' will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters," the statement read.

News of the decision comes less than an hour after Mike Henry announced he will no longer voice the character of Cleveland Brown on fellow Fox animated comedy Family Guy.

The Simpsons has been subject to heavy criticism over the last few years on this issue, most notably over Azaria playing the Indian character Apu, and this statement represents a substantial shift from the producers' historical stance on the matter.

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