The Simpsons announced last summer that the show was in for a casting shakeup, as white actors would no longer be voicing characters of color on the show, including characters like Apu, Carl, and Dr. Hibbert. The new Dr. Julius Hibbert has been cast, according to Deadline; Kevin Michael Richardson will play the character moving forward, replacing actor Harry Shearer for the role. He’ll take over the role starting with the episode scheduled to air on Sunday, February 28, 2021.
Richardson is a veteran voice actor with over 30 years and over 500 credits to his name. He’s voiced characters in the DC and Marvel universes, as well as Star Wars, Transformers, Mortal Kombat, Family Guy, and many others. He also has 76 episodes of the Simpsons under his belt, going back as far as 2009.
Actor Harry Shearer began voicing Dr. Hibbert when he debuted over 30 years ago, and also plays–and will continue to play–other primary characters including Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, and Mr. Burns. Shearer’s last episode voicing Hibbert aired last night, February 21.