Producers on Fox's long-running animated series The Simpsons announced in June that they will no longer have white actors voicing black characters, though today it's been revealed who will voice one of the show's longest-running black characters. The Simpsons Recasts Carl Carlson for Season 32 Opener News Hank Azaria will no longer be splitting atoms at the nuclear plant as Alex Désert punches in … Alex Désert (born July 18, 1968) is an American actor and musician known for his roles in the TV series The Flash, The Heights with Jamie Walters, Becker with Ted Danson, and Boy Meets World, as well as the voice of Nick Fury for The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. 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And then... Yup. The news follows criticism of whitewashed casting in animated series. But will they ban him permanently like the president? In the season premiere of Fox’s long-running animated comedy, Carl is voiced by Alex Désert, who takes over the role from Hank Azaria. There was even a 2017 documentary entitled The Problem With Apu by comedian/filmmaker Hari Kondabolu, where other South Asian actors like Aziz Ansari, Kal Penn and Maulik Pancholy discuss who Apu impacted their lives. Azaria said on The Late Show in April that he was stepping down from the role of Apu. In the episode, Carl Carlson — Homer Simpson’s nuclear plant co-worker, and best friend to Lenny Leonard — is now voiced by actor Alex Désert (“Better Things”). 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The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. Alex Désert made his debut on The Simpsons last night, replacing Hank Azaria in the role of Homer’s black friend and colleague, Carl Carlson. Published: 20:42 EST, 24 September 2020 | Updated: 05:11 EST, 25 September 2020. Azaria also revealed in January that he would no longer voice the Kwik-E-Mart owner Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, though it has not been confirmed who will replace him. Alex Désert will take over the role of Carl Carlson in the long-running show's season premiere. Copyright © 2021 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. What is up you guys?? While Harry Shearer voiced Carl in his very first appearance in the Season 1 episode Homer's Night Out, Hank Azaria, a white voice actor like Shearer, has voiced Carl ever since. The Simpsons bring on black actor Alex Desert to voice Carl Carlson replacing Hank Azaria. 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We are no longer accepting comments on this article. Tragic last photo of Harry Brant, 24, taken on the day he died from a prescription drugs overdose, is posted... Queen and Kate Middleton have a 'fantastic relationship' and monarch is is 'preparing a surprise' to honour... No lockdown haircut here! When all of the employees start to befriend 'Fred,' Mr. Burns starts improving the plant's amenities, which doesn't sit well with his longtime right-hand man Smithers. The Simpsons has recast the role of Carl Carlson with actor Alex Désert taking over from Hank Azaria. So much for unity! There is a slight change in the plan for the new season of the Simpsons. Alex Désert has just been announced as the new voice of Carl Carlson on The Simpsons, previously voiced by white actor Hank Azaria.This comes after the show announced in … Alex Désert (pronounced Dez-air) (born July 18, 1968) is the new and current voice actor of Carl Carlson and Lou. The comments below have not been moderated. Actor Alex Désert is to replace Hank Azaria as the voice of Homer's workmate Carl Carlson in the first episode of the new season of The Simpsons. The Hollywood Reporter said it is unclear if Désert, who is Black, will continue to voice Carl, a Black character, in future episodes. Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group. Désert, who has appeared in TV's Better Things and Becker, will take over the role in Sunday's season 32 premiere. Joe Biden will sign executive orders to lay groundwork for $15 minimum wage for federal workers, boost food stamps and increase COVID aid, Elegance coach reveals the clothes that make you look 'common' and turn off 'classy' men - including leggings, skinny jeans and T-SHIRTS (so, how does YOUR wardrobe measure up? Azaria, who is White, voiced Carl and other characters of color on the series, including the South Asian character Apu. Under fire: The Simpsons is one of several animated shows that has come under fire in recent months, with several white actors stepping down from voicing characters of color. Black actor Alex Déser will replace Hank Azaria for being the voice of Carl. This is happening. According to Deadline, Désert will play Carl in "Undercover Burns," The Simpsons' Season 32 premiere, which is scheduled to air this Sunday, Sept. 27. No- year. Alex Désert will appear in the show from Sunday 32 premier. Carl voice: Producers on Fox's long-running animated series The Simpsons announced in June that they will no longer have white actors voicing black characters, though today it's been revealed who will voice one of the show's longest-running Black characters, Voice actor: Alex Desert (Swingers, High Fidelity) has come aboard to voice Carl Carlson, one of Homer Simpson's longtime co-workers at the Springfield Power Plant. There is no indication that Desert is becoming a permanent fixture on the cast, or if he will voice multiple characters on the show. Netflix: What's coming and going in October 2020, 'Father of the Bride': Steve Martin, Kimberly Williams confirmed for Netflix reunion, Mandy Moore expecting first child with Taylor Goldsmith, What to watch next: Sign up for UPI's Streaming newsletter. White actors in other animated series, including Mike Henry of Family Guy and Jenny Slate of Big Mouth, have also stopped voicing characters of color. The Simpsons is following through on its pledge … Twitter accused of double standards after it belatedly suspends Iran's Supreme Leader’s account after he posted image of drone targeting Trump-lookalike in revenge for Soleimani strike. “The Simpsons” has found its new Carl Carlson. Variety reported Thursday that Désert, 52, will replace The Simpsons creator Hank Azaria as the voice of Carl in the episode, which airs Sunday on Fox. 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