There has been controversy surrounding The Simpsons character Apu for years with some of those issues include the stereotypical elements and also having a white actor voicing Apu when plenty of Indian actors are out there. Some folks involved with the iconic animated show have been open to the idea of removing/evolving Apu.
While speaking with SlashFilm at the Television Critics Association, Apu voice actor Hank Azaria (who also voices characters like Police Chief Wiggum and Moe The Bartender) has revealed to the outlet he will no longer be voicing Apu.
There have been rumors about what The Simpsons would do about Apu, but none were substantiated. Producer Adi Shankar said sources told him the show would phase out Apu, but showrunner Jean denied that. Groening told /Film Azaria never mentioned wanting to stop doing the caricature voice while he was promoting his Netflix series Disenchantment. However, Azaria has confirmed he will not do the voice anymore.
AZARIA: “All we know there is I won’t be doing the voice anymore, unless there’s someway to transition it or something.”
However, what this means for Apu remains to be seen as an official announcement from The Simpsons and Fox Television has yet to be made concerning this new revelation by Azaria.
Some are being optimistic that producers will aim to update/evolve and recast the character for modern times, but there is a chance they could be simply removing him altogether to avoid any more controversy.
At the very least it sounds like showrunners and producers have been openminded to what both fans (including those upset with how Apu has been portrayed) want to see happen with Apu.
The Simpsons has been on the air as a series since 1989 and is expected to continue for the foreseeable future, despite recent rumors the show was ending.
SOURCE: SLASH FILM