'I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color. A YouTuber, Arif Zahir, who goes by the name of Azerrz on the video-sharing platform, has been selected to voice Cleveland on Family Guy's 19th season episodes with the animated show renewed for two more seasons.Announcing about the same, Zahir shared a tweet on September 25 and promised the audience and his fans that he will not let them down. Family Guy has hired Cleveland Brown impersonator Arif Zahir to do the job for real and replace Mike Henry in the role of the Griffins' neighbor. Contact Info: However, Henry was among the white voice-actors who stepped down from playing African-American characters this past summer so performers of color could take on the roles. There, on the descriptive box, he describes himself as an aspiring actor and voice actor. Fox’s “Family Guy” said Friday that YouTube star Arif Zahir will be the new voice of one of its most beloved characters, Cleveland Brown. Mike Henry had voiced Cleveland since 1999, but announced he was stepping down in June. “One day I hope to get on the big screen, and voice for animation”– he writes, so sure of his future plans. Arif Zahir has been cast to voice Cleveland for the 19th season come 2021-2022. In a June Twitter post, Henry wrote: "It’s been an honor to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years. 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.”. ‘Rick and Morty’ EPs Dan Harmon & Scott Marder On TV Animation’s Voiceover Whitewashing Controversy. Overabundant gratitude'. Watch Family Guy Online | Now Streaming in HD | Stan. Zahir has gained on following on YouTube for his wide range of impressions which include Cleveland Brown, Barrack Obama, Donald Trump, Stewie Griffin, 21 … Cleveland is one of several characters of color who have been recast with actors of color in the past couple of months after the white actors who had portrayed them exited the roles. “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. The season premieres Sunday night with the show’s 350th episode. 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Although Arif Zahir started his YouTube career impersonating Cleveland, he continued to pursue other ambitions. Zahir has done a slew of Cleveland Brown impersonations on his YouTube channel that have raked in millions of views. The casting news comes nearly three months to the day after "Family Guy" writer Mike Henry, who is white, said he would he would no longer voice Cleveland Brown, who is Black. Fox’s Family Guy has recast the role of Cleveland Brown with YouTube star Arif Zahir. All Rights reserved. Arif Zahir started his YouTube channel with the name Azerrz in December 2012. Mike Henry was the original voice actor for the character of Cleveland Brown, joining the cast of Family Guy all the way back when it premiered in 1999. Henry will remain a voice cast series regular on Family Guy, He will continue to play Bruce the Performance Artist, Herbert the Pedophile and a slew of ancillary roles and likely will help create new characters to voice. '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.'. Arif Zahir, a YouTube star with more than 6 million followers, will take over the role of Cleveland Brown on the Fox animated sitcom "Family Guy," … Voice actor and YouTube star Arif Zahir has revealed the process behind him securing the role of Cleveland Brown on Family Guy. Launch dates for broadcast, cable and streaming programs, Up-to-date lists for broadcast, cable and streaming series, Pandemic-proof vs. pandemic-contingent broadcast lineups, Signup for Breaking News Alerts & Newsletters, Get our latest storiesin the feed of your favorite networks. Arif Zahir, beginning in Season 19 (Broadcast season 20), will be the new voice of Cleveland Brown, taking over from Mike Henry. Talking about his net worth, he has got 6.26 million subscribers on his Youtube Channel, besides this, he even has been voicing on the movies, he has been earning a lot, his net worth is $2 million. YouTube star Arif Zahir has been announced as the new voice of Cleveland Brown in Family Guy. The casting of Zahir comes as a number of animated shows have committed to casting actors of color to voice non-White roles. Arif Zahir stands with height is 5 feet 9 inches and his weight is 75kg, his other body measurements are not known. ', 'I was shocked and saddened, assuming we’d never see him again,' Zahir said in a statement, obtained by THR. EXCLUSIVE: 'Where are you and where is my money?' In June, voice actor Mike Henry announced he was stepping down from the role of Cleveland Brown, a Black … Henry appeared pleased with his replacement, as he welcomed Zahir, who is repped by CAA, to the 'Family Guy team' and praised his 'obvious' vocal talent and understanding of Cleveland Brown. The Simpsons bring on black actor Alex Desert to voice Carl... Is Bella wishing he'd been The Bachelor instead? YouTube star Arif Zahir will be replacing Mike Henry as Cleveland Brown on Fox's animated series Family Guy after Henry announced in June that he would be stepping down from the role. YouTuber Arif Zahir will take over Mike Henry's role on Family Guy's 19th season, which is set to air in the 2021-22 season. Family Guy have announced that YouTuber Arif Zahir will voice the role of Cleveland Brown on the show going forward.. Former high school football star accused of raping... High school teen, 14, is mauled to death by German Shepherd at his family's dog breeding farm. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. Voice actor Arif Zahir, who does impressions of Cleveland on YouTube, has been tapped to replace Mike Henry, Cleveland's original portrayer, who stepped down from the … And to the millions of fans who love this show, I promise not to let you down.”. You will be redirected back to your article in, Jimmy Horowitz Named Vice Chairman, NBCUniversal Business Affairs & Operations, Lily James And Sebastian Stan Tapped To Play Pam Anderson And Tommy Lee In Hulu Event Series 'Pam & Tommy', ‘Mr. 'It's been an honor to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years,' Henry explained over a tweet in June. Zahir will begin voicing Cleveland for Season 19 episodes which have just begun production. Arif Zahir (right) will be taking on the role of Cleveland (Picture: Fox/Getty/LA Pictures3) YouTuber Arif Zahir has been announced as the new voice … The comments below have not been moderated. Arif Zahir is a voice actor known for voicing Cleveland Brown. When I learned I would get to take over the role? “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. Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role. Mike Henry, who is white, has voiced Brown since the Seth MacFarlane-helmed show began in 1999. In June, Kristen Bell revealed she would not return as the voice of Central Park‘s mixed race Molly after the first season. Zahir had previously done imitations of Cleveland on his YouTube channel under the name of 'Azzerz'. 'I was shocked and saddened, assuming we’d never see him again,' Zahir said in a statement, obtained by THR . Published: 13:42 EST, 25 September 2020 | Updated: 21:38 EST, 27 September 2020. "I did an impression of Cleveland [on YouTube] and [producers] mentioned that they had seen that, and they said 'We’d love for you to have your shot at the role,'" Zahir told The New York Post. 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'His respect for the character gives me confidence that he is in the right hands,' the former Family Guy star noted. One day I hope to get on the big screen, and voice for animation. In Season 18, whose episodes had already been completed or were in advanced stages of animation when Henry exited the Cleveland role, will continue to feature Henry as the character. We want to hear from you! Hey everybody! Fox’s Family Guy has recast the role of Cleveland Brown with YouTube star Arif Zahir. The announcement comes just months after Henry, who previously voiced Cleveland Brown on the animated series for more two decades, revealed he would be stepping down. "I love this character, but persons of colour should play characters of colour," Henry said at the time. Arif Zahir, a YouTube star with more than 6 million followers, will take over the role of Cleveland Brown on the Fox animated sitcom "Family Guy," … Arif Zahir Net Worth, Merch, YouTube Earnings. ', Advocate: The announcement comes months after Henry, who previously voiced Cleveland Brown on the animated series for more two decades, revealed he would be stepping down, Saying goodbye: Henry appeared pleased with his replacement, as he welcomed Zahir, who is repped by CAA, to the 'Family Guy team' and praised his 'obvious' vocal talent and understanding of Cleveland Brown; seen in 2018. For Arif, it wasn’t necessarily intentional. EXCLUSIVE: 'I still struggle with it - but I'm okay.' Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. To Rich Appel, Alec Sulkin and Seth MacFarlane, thank you for this incredible gift. San Francisco to rename Abraham Lincoln High School because former president did not demonstrate that 'black... Kayleigh McEnany STILL won't call President-elect Joe Biden the winner because Donald Trump is pursuing... 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