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The Simpsons Brings In Alex Désert To Voice Carl Carlson

The Simpsons Brings In Alex Désert To Voice Carl Carlson

The Simpsons has recast the role of Carl Carlson with actor Alex Désert taking over from Hank Azaria.

Earlier this year, producers of the long-running cartoon said they would no longer be using white actors to voice non-white characters.

Alex Désert Credit: Getty
Alex Désert Credit: Getty

Now, ahead of season 32's premier on Sunday, Variety has revealed that Désert will be taking up the role and voicing Carl - who has been voiced by Azaria in all but one appearance.

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As yet, it's not known if Désert will be a permanent replacement, nor whether he's going to voice other characters in future, but it seems it could be likely.

The star appeared to confirm the news with a post on his Instagram page featuring a screenshot of a report about the role, alongside the caption: "This has been a rough week. No - year. And then...Yup. This is happening. The resemblance is uncanny! See y'all Sunday!"

Back in January, Azaria announced he would no longer be voicing Apu Nahasapeemapetilon.

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Speaking to SlashFilm he said: "All we know there is I won't be doing the voice anymore, unless there's some way to transition it or something.

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"We all made the decision together... We all agreed on it. We all feel like it's the right thing and good about it."

The decision was made following much debate in the wake of Indian-American comedian Hari Kondabolu's film The Problem With Apu, in which he spoke about his changing feelings towards the stereotypical Indian supermarket proprietor.

In response, Azaria admitted on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that he now understood Apu could be considered a racist stereotype.

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"Of course I understand," he said.

"It's come to my attention more and more over the past couple years.

"The idea that anyone young or old, past or present, being bullied based on Apu really makes me sad. It certainly was not my intention. I wanted to bring joy and laughter to people."

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