Simpsons actor Hank Azaria says he will no longer voice character of Apu

Actor stops playing immigrant Indian convenience store owner following years of controversy and accusations of racism

The Simpsons actor Hank Azaria has said he will no longer be voicing the character of Apu, following years of controversy and accusations of racism.

Azaria lends his voice to numerous characters in the long-running show, including Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum and Comic Book Guy.

However it appears his time as Kwik-E-Mart owner Apu Nahasapeemapetilon is over.

He told Slashfilm: All we know there is I wont be doing the voice anymore, unless theres some way to transition it or something.

We all made the decision together … We all agreed on it. We all feel like its the right thing and good about it.

Apu is an Indian immigrant who owns and manages a convenience store.

Known for his catchphrase thank you, come again, he first appeared in The Simpsonss first season in the episode The Telltale Head.

The character has been dogged for years by allegations of racism as Azaria is white.

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Hank Azaria has said he will no longer voice the Simpsons character Apu. Photograph: Amy Sussman/Getty Images

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/jan/18/simpsons-actor-hank-azaria-says-he-will-no-longer-voice-character-of-apu