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The Simpsons Recast Julio

The Simpsons has recast another character on the hit comedy show with confirmation that Cuban comedian, Tony Rodriguez has replaced Hank Azaria as the voice of Marge Simpson’s gay hairdresser Julio.

Julio is a gay character on the show and Rodriguez is himself openly gay. The news comes after Harry Shearer was replaced as the voice of Dr Julius Hibbert by African-American actor Kevin Michael Richardson.

The changes on The Simpsons all stem from the documentary, the Problem with Apu which resulted in Hank Azaria, who is from New York and had voiced the Indian character for over 30 years stepping down from the role and the character been written out of the show until he is recast with an Indian actor.

Taking to Instagram about his new role, Tony Rodrigues commented saying:

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The Simpsons Renewed For Two More Seasons

The Simpsons, the world’s longest running animated tv series has been renewed for a further two seasons, Fox Broadcasting announced on Wednesday.

The EMMY award winning show which has helped launch the careers of the likes of late night talk show host Conan O’Brien who was a writer on the show during the early 1990’s.

The show has featured hundreds of guest stars such as Tony Blair who was British prime minister at the time of recording his episode which saw him greet The Simpsons at the airport on a trip to England.

The series has also visited Ireland when Grandpa and Homer purchased a failed pub from an old landlord played by Irish actor, Colin Meaney.

The show has also had re-occurring guest stars with Frasier star Kelsey Grammar voicing the Sideshow Bob who worked as Krusty The Clown’s side-kick before Bart and Lisa exposed that he had framed Krusty for armed robbery at the Kwik-E-Mart.

The show which spawned a feature length movie ‘The Simpsons Movie’ which was released in 2007 announced last week that Harry Shearer, the voice of African American character Dr. Hibbert has stepped down from the role with Kevin Michael Richardson taking over the role.

Along with Kelsey Grammar, other celebrities who have been on the show include, U2, The Rolling Stones, Brendan Gleeson, Green Day, Tom Hanks, Tom Jones, Lenny Kravitz, 50 Cent, Michael Jackson, Glenn Close, who played Homer’s long lost mother in a number of episodes.

Former racing driver’s Danica Patrick and Jeff Gordan have also lended their voice to show has have Sir Richard Branson and Elon Musk.

Speaking to Deadline, James L.Brooks commented saying:

My biggest move was in the very beginning when I decided to never uncross my fingers

The renewal will see The Simpsons air new episodes through Season 33 and 34 and will bring the episodes up to 757.

Simpsons showrunner Al Jean tweeted:

@AlJean via Twitter

Yeardley Smith who plays the voice of Lisa Simpson said:


Fox Replace Dr. Hibbert Simpsons Actor

Fox Broadcasting, the parent company of hit animated tv show The Simpsons which is now owned by Disney confirmed on Monday that Dr. Julius Hibbert, the longtime resident doctor at Springfield General Hospital who has been voiced by Harry Shearer for 31 years has been recast.

This Sunday’s brand new episode of The Simpsons which airs in the U.S and Canada will see Kevin Michael Richardson take on the role of Dr.Hibbert.

The news of the recast comes following the recent controversy surrounding animated shows who portrayed African American characters and Asian characters with white actors.

The Simpsons announced last year, that after 30 years, the character of Apu, had been written out of the show.

Shearer 77, will continue to voice Monty Burns, Mr. Smithers, Ned Flanders, Reverend Timothy Lovejoy and various other characters on the show.