Voice actor and YouTube star Arif Zahir has revealed the process behind him securing the role of Cleveland Brown on Family Guy. "It was a surreal moment. Family Guy, which was just renewed for Seasons 19 and 20 by Fox, is being steered by creator/executive producer Seth MacFarlane and exec producers/showrunners Rich Appel and Alec Sulkin. Published: 13:42 EST, 25 September 2020 | Updated: 21:38 EST, 27 September 2020. Arif Zahir, a YouTube star with more than 6 million followers, will take over the role of Cleveland Brown on the Fox animated sitcom "Family Guy," … Arif Zahir (right) will be taking on the role of Cleveland (Picture: Fox/Getty/LA Pictures3) YouTuber Arif Zahir has been announced as the new voice … Fox’s “Family Guy” said Friday that YouTube star Arif Zahir will be the new voice of one of its most beloved characters, Cleveland Brown. The long-running satirical cartoon about suburban family life was just picked up for seasons 19 and 20 on Fox after over two decades on the air.. Arif Zahir, a YouTuber who has made a name for himself doing impressions of Family Guy's Cleveland Brown, has been officially cast as the character. And to the millions of fans who love this show, I promise not to let you down.”. In a June Twitter post, Henry wrote: "It’s been an honor to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years. Overabundant gratitude. “I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color,” Henry, who is white, said in his announcement about playing Cleveland, who is black. “When I heard that Mike Henry was stepping down from the role of Cleveland Brown — my favorite cartoon character of all time — I was shocked and saddened, assuming we’d never see him again. Arif Zahir, known for his impressions of Cleveland Brown from "Family Guy," has gone from mimicking the character to actually playing him. Talking about his net worth, he has got 6.26 million subscribers on his Youtube Channel, besides this, he even has been voicing on the movies, he has been earning a lot, his net worth is $2 million. In June, voice actor Mike Henry announced he was stepping down from the role of Cleveland Brown, a Black … The comments below have not been moderated. Henry appeared pleased with his replacement, as he welcomed Zahir, who is repped by CAA, to the 'Family Guy team' and praised his 'obvious' vocal talent and understanding of Cleveland Brown. Mike Henry, who is white, has voiced Brown since the Seth MacFarlane-helmed show began in 1999. We’ve mentioned other content creators using their new media platform to expand their success in other ventures. Fox’s Family Guy has recast the role of Cleveland Brown with YouTube star Arif Zahir. YouTube star Arif Zahir has been announced as the new voice of Cleveland Brown in Family Guy. You can watch one of the videos below. The YouTube star, 26, was hired in late September to replace Mike Henry as the voice of Cleveland Brown on the animated series. San Francisco to rename Abraham Lincoln High School because former president did not demonstrate that 'black... Kayleigh McEnany STILL won't call President-elect Joe Biden the winner because Donald Trump is pursuing... Joe's pandemic inauguration: Biden WILL be sworn-in outside the Capitol on January 20th but will plead with... 'Family Guy' Casts New Cleveland for Season 19 | Hollywood Reporter. "I love this character, but persons of colour should play characters of colour," Henry said at the time. Zahir will begin voicing Cleveland for Season 19 episodes which have just begun production. 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We are no longer accepting comments on this article. Arif Zahir is getting ready for his closeup on "Family Guy." Arif Zahir is a voice actor known for voicing Cleveland Brown. Former high school football star accused of raping... High school teen, 14, is mauled to death by German Shepherd at his family's dog breeding farm. The season premieres Sunday night with the show’s 350th episode. 'His respect for the character gives me confidence that he is in the right hands,' the former Family Guy star noted. Take a visual walk through his career and see 1 image of the character he voiced.. YouTube star Arif Zahir will be replacing Mike Henry as Cleveland Brown on Fox's animated series Family Guy after Henry announced in June that he would be stepping down from the role. Mike Henry, who had voiced Brown since the show’s inception in 1999, announced in June that he was stepping down from the role. Mike Henry was the original voice actor for the character of Cleveland Brown, joining the cast of Family Guy all the way back when it premiered in 1999. ', Advocate: The announcement comes months after Henry, who previously voiced Cleveland Brown on the animated series for more two decades, revealed he would be stepping down, Saying goodbye: Henry appeared pleased with his replacement, as he welcomed Zahir, who is repped by CAA, to the 'Family Guy team' and praised his 'obvious' vocal talent and understanding of Cleveland Brown; seen in 2018. YouTube comedian Arif Zahir has been announced as the new voice of Family Guy 's Cleveland Brown, taking over the role from Mike Henry. "I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color. Contact Info: The announcement comes just months after Henry, who previously voiced Cleveland Brown on the animated series for more two decades, revealed he would be stepping down. Similarly, Jenny Slate also made the decision to step down from playing her Missy Foreman-Greenwald on Big Mouth. Maskless Santa and Mrs. Claus test positive for COVID-19 two days after taking photos with at least 50 kids sitting on their laps at Georgia parade, NYC prepares for its heaviest December snowfall in a DECADE: Nor'easter to dump up to 18 inches statewide tomorrow with up to 2 foot in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Missile scare at US Air Force base in Germany after false alarm goes off telling crews to 'seek cover' from an aerial attack. Mike Henry, who had voiced Brown since the show’s inception in 1999, announced in June that he was steppi… Mike Henry had voiced Cleveland since 1999, but announced he was stepping down in June. There, on the descriptive box, he describes himself as an aspiring actor and voice actor. 'The Simpsons': The New Voice Of Hank Azaria's Carl Is Revealed, “I welcome Arif to the Family Guy team,” Henry said. Copyright © 2020 Penske Business Media, LLC. However, Henry was among the white voice-actors who stepped down from playing African-American characters this past summer so performers of color could take on the roles. Family Guy has found the actor who will replace Mike Henry, who has voiced Cleveland for the last 20 years. 'When I learned I would get to take over the role? Arif Zahir Net Worth, Merch, YouTube Earnings. ‘Rick and Morty’ EPs Dan Harmon & Scott Marder On TV Animation’s Voiceover Whitewashing Controversy. 'I was shocked and saddened, assuming we’d never see him again,' Zahir said in a statement, obtained by THR . Arif Zahir, a YouTube star with more than 6 million followers, will take over the role of Cleveland Brown on the Fox animated sitcom "Family Guy," … “Firstly, I’m eternally grateful to have received this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Zahir said. One day I hope to get on the big screen, and voice for animation. Watch Family Guy Online | Now Streaming in HD | Stan. Overabundant gratitude'. Im Arif Zahir, an aspiring actor/voice actor. ', He continued: 'To Mike, you created something truly special and I promise I will do my absolute best to honor your legacy. Arif Zahir stands with height is 5 feet 9 inches and his weight is 75kg, his other body measurements are not known. The casting of Zahir comes as a number of animated shows have committed to casting actors of color to voice non-White roles. Hey everybody! When I learned I would get to take over the role? YouTuber Arif Zahir will take over Mike Henry's role on Family Guy's 19th season, which is set to air in the 2021-22 season. Zahir, a black man, promised Twitter users on Friday that he won't let them down and shared a public statement about his new role Credit: Youtube/Arif Zahir. Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role. Family Guy have announced that YouTuber Arif Zahir will voice the role of Cleveland Brown on the show going forward.. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. Although Arif Zahir started his YouTube career impersonating Cleveland, he continued to pursue other ambitions. Cleveland is one of several characters of color who have been recast with actors of color in the past couple of months after the white actors who had portrayed them exited the roles. 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The town that doesn't believe in COVID: 'Off-the-rails' mayor of tiny Washington community keeps open its 30... More than 80% of Americans say they WILL get a COVID-19 vaccine - but most want to 'wait a bit' - as Fauci... Bah HumBUG! 'I look forward to getting to know Arif and working with him to make sure Cleveland stays every bit as awesome as he has always been.'. Arif Zahir will take over the role from Mike Henry. 'It's been an honor to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years,' Henry explained over a tweet in June. Arif Zahir started his YouTube channel with the name Azerrz in December 2012. To Mike, you created something truly special, and I promise I will do my absolute best to honor your legacy. 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