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Wendell Pierce starts campaign to voice Cleveland on ‘Family Guy’

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LOS ANGELES (UPI) — Wendell Pierce said on Twitter that he is starting a campaign to voice the role of Cleveland on Fox animated comedy series Family Guy.

Mike Henry, a white actor who portrayed Cleveland for 20 years, recently stepped down from the role stating that a person of color should voice him.

“Now that Mike Henry has consciously given up the role of Cleveland, I am publicly starting a campaign to voice the role myself on The Cleveland Show. #WendellIsCleveland,” Pierce tweeted on Sunday.

The tweet earned 26,000 likes. Pierce is best known for appearing on The Wire, Selma and Suits.

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Pierce mentioned The Cleveland Show despite the Family Guy spinoff series getting canceled in 2013 after four seasons. Cleveland, a black character, continues to appear on Family Guy.

Other celebrities also threw their name in to voice Cleveland including Avengers star Don Cheadle who responded to Pierce.

“*Conscientiously. Sorry Wendell. You bobbled it. That means I’m in! Hit me up, @SethMacFarlane,” Cheadle tweeted, tagging Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane.

Reporting by Wade Sheridan

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