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Netflix Reveals Big Mouth Season 5 Release Date

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Netflix Reveals Big Mouth Season 5 Release Date

Season five of Big Mouth will land on 5 November, it has been announced.

Netflix confirmed the news during its Tudum global fan event tonight (25 September), which saw a whole raft of announcements made about some of the streaming site's biggest series and movies set to land in the coming months.

According to the company, this season will see a bunch of special guest stars, including Brandon Kyle Goodman, Keke Palmer and Pamela Adlon.

Last year, fans were overjoyed when they heard the news that the Big Mouth had been renewed for three more seasons (4, 5 and 6) last summer, with the fourth airing late last year.

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Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix

However, one star who won't be returning for the fifth instalment is Jenny Slate, who stood down from her role as the voice of Missy.

The actor, who voiced the black character since the show began, announced that she was quitting in a statement on Instagram, in which she said 'black characters on an animated show should be played by black people'.

"At the start of the show, I reasoned with myself that it was permissible for me to play 'Missy' because her mom is Jewish and white - as am I," she said.

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"But 'Missy' is also black, and black characters on an animated show should be played by black people.

"I acknowledge how my original reasoning was flawed, that it existed as an example of white privilege and unjust allowances made with a system of societal white supremacy and that in me playing 'Missy', I was engaging in an act of erasure of black people.

"Ending my portrayal of 'Missy' is one step in a life-long process of uncovering the racism in my actions."

At the time, Nick Kroll, the co-creator of Big Mouth, shared a statement on Twitter on behalf of himself and fellow creators Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett.

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In it, he said they 'wholeheartedly agreed' with Slate's decision, and apologised to fans for their 'original decision to cast a white actor to voice a biracial character'.

It read: "After thoughtful discussion with us and our black collaborators, Jenny Slate has decided, and we wholeheartedly agree, that Missy on Big Mouth should be voiced by a black actor.

"We sincerely apologise for and regret our original decision to cast a white actor to play a biracial character. We made a mistake, took our privilege for granted, and we are working hard to do better moving forward.

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"We are proud of the representation that Missy has offered cerebral, sensitive women of colour, and we plan to continue that representation and further grow Missy's character as we recast a new black actor to play her."

The first four seasons of Big Mouth are currently available to watch on Netflix now.

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Topics: Entertainment, Actor, US News, US Entertainment, Netflix

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