Fox has landed YouTube star Arif Zahir as the brand new voice of Family Guy‘s Cleveland Brown. Zahir shall be taking the character over from Mike Henry, who introduced in June that he can be stepping down from the position.
“I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color,” Henry stated when he backed away from the position amid phrase from Fox that it might not have white actors voice people of colour on their animated applications. Henry will still function the voice of Cleveland all through Family Guy‘s upcoming eighteenth season, seeing because the character’s strains have already been recorded. News of Zahir’s appointment to the character comes sizzling off the heels of the reveal being renewed for seasons 19 and 20, that are already in manufacturing. Henry, who voices loads of different characters on the reveal, will stay as one in all Family Guy‘s star players.
“I welcome Arif to the ‘Family Guy’ team,” Henry stated. “Arif’s vocal talent is obvious, but his understanding of Cleveland and his respect for the character give me confidence that he is in the right hands. I look forward to getting to know Arif and working with him to make sure Cleveland stays every bit as awesome as he has always been.”
Known on YouTube as “Azerrz,” Zahir gives his viewers uncanny impressions of well-known figures resembling President Obama, Cleveland Brown, Donald Trump, and Kendrick Lamar, in addition to a number of others. He presently has 6.26 million subscribers and is certain to realize much more after in the present day’s massive announcement.
Be certain to observe the video posted below if you wish to take a look at Zahir’s impersonation chops, together with his impression of Family Guy‘s Cleveland Brown:
Zahir has this to say when reacting to touchdown his new job:
“Firstly, I’m eternally grateful to have received this once in a lifetime opportunity. When I heard that Mike Henry was stepping down from the role of Cleveland Brown- my favorite cartoon character of all time- I was shocked and saddened, assuming we’d never see him again. When I learned I would get to take over the role? Overabundant gratitude. To Mike, you created something truly special and I promise I will do my absolute best to honor your legacy. To Rich Appel, Alec Sulkin, and Seth MacFarlane, thank you for this incredible gift. And to the millions of fans who love this show, I promise not to let you down.”