Henry, who also voiced the character on the now-canceled “The Cleveland Show,” took to Twitter on Friday night, writing that it was an honor to play the character for 20 years.
“I love this character, but people in color should play with characters in color,” he said. “So I’m going to step down.”
But “Family Guy” has other non-white characters portrayed by white actors, including Tricia Takanawa, voiced by Alex Borstein, who also votes for Matriarch Lois Griffin.
Henry is one of many white actors leaving
Bell and the creative team behind the show recognize “that playing the character Molly is an opportunity to properly portray the national team – playing a black or mixed race actress and giving Molly a voice that resonates with all the nuances and experiences of the character. As we drew her,” they wrote in statement.
“I now understand that people of color should always express people of color. We missed a great opportunity to present the Vietnamese-American community accurately and respectfully, and for that I am truly sorry,” she wrote. “I commend all those who have retired from their voiceover role in recent days. I have learned a lot from them.”
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