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Castlevania Producer Suggests Simpsons Spin-Off: 'Silencing Apu Is a Step Sideways'

Castlevania Producer Suggests Simpsons Spin-Off: 'Silencing Apu Is a Step Sideways'
After years of saying he was done, actor Hank Azaria definitively confirmed to the New York Times that he will no longer voice Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the character on The Simpsons he has voiced since the show started in 1989. In recent years, Apu has become a subject of controversy, with the 2017

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‘The Simpsons’ Voice Actor Hank Azaria Reveals His Journey Away From The Apu Character

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‘The Simpsons’ Voice Actor Hank Azaria Reveals His Journey Away From The Apu Character
Actor Hank Azaria has expanded on his reasons for no longer voicing the character of Kwik-e-Mart proprietor Apu Nahasapeemapetilon on the animated series The Simpsons.

In a long New York Times interview with culture writer Dave Itzkoff, Azaria said that voicing the character “just didn’t feel right” after criticisms of its stereotyping emerged. Azaria first disclosed his decision in an interview at the Television Critics Assn. winter gathering.

The Simpsons producers said in a statement that “We respect Hank’s journey in regard to Apu. We have granted his wish to no longer voice the character.” However, they refused to rule out another actor voicing the character or continuing with Apu on the show. “Apu is beloved worldwide. We love him too. Stay tuned.”

Azaria has done many voices on the show in addition to Apu (introduced in 1990), including bartender Mo, Chief Wiggum, and Professor Frink. But Apu and his catchphrase,
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Hank Azaria explains why he's stopped voicing Apu on The Simpson

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Hank Azaria explains why he's stopped voicing Apu on The Simpson
Hank Azaria officially announced back in January that he would no longer be voicing the character of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon on The Simpsons, following years of controversy surrounding the Kwik-e-Mart proprietor. The Apu controversy was intensified following the release of Hari Kondabolu's 2017 documentary The Problem With Apu, which explained why Apu is an offensive stereotype of South Asian…
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As 'The Simpsons' Silences Apu, South Asian Creatives Hope for Character's Authentic Revival

As 'The Simpsons' Silences Apu, South Asian Creatives Hope for Character's Authentic Revival
It has been over two years since anyone has heard a word from The Simpsons' Kwik-e-Mart clerk Apu — a silence that looks to be indefinite following Hank Azaria's confirmation to The New York Times on Tuesday that he will no longer voice the character.

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon's transition from a classic to controversial character on the Fox series, now in its 31st season, came shortly after comedian Hari Kondabolu criticized the character for being a racist depiction of Indian Americans in his 2017 documentary, The Problem With Apu.

In the wake of the doc, a wave of criticism followed ...
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Brockmire Season 4 Review (Spoiler-Free)

Brockmire Season 4 Review (Spoiler-Free)
Brockmire steps up to the plate for one last season that acts as a glorious celebration of everything that makes the comedy so special.

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This Brockmire review contains no spoilers.

“We’ve got time. We’ve got time…”

When Brockmire first started, surely nobody expected—not even the people in charge—that the final season of this simple "baseball comedy" would deal with a dystopian world that hints at a Skynet-level infected future. Yet, at the same time, this is also a strangely perfect development for a series that has prided itself in its ability to be different and challenge itself.

It would have been far too easy for each season of Brockmire to embrace Jim’s ornery, curmudgeon habits as he continues to drink himself into oblivion. That was a fun show and a fun character and it easily could have lasted four seasons, but what
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Hank Azaria Explains Why He Quit Voicing Apu on ‘The Simpsons’

Hank Azaria Explains Why He Quit Voicing Apu on ‘The Simpsons’
A month after Hank Azaria announced that he was stepping down from voicing Apu Nahasapeemapetilon in The Simpsons, the actor is opening on his reasons for leaving. Azaria had voiced the character of the Springfield convenience store owner (in addition to numerous other characters) for 30 years, even winning three Emmy Awards for his voice acting […]

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The Simpsons' Hank Azaria Explains Why He Ultimately Decided to Stop Voicing Apu: 'It Just Didn't Feel Right'

The Simpsons' Hank Azaria Explains Why He Ultimately Decided to Stop Voicing Apu: 'It Just Didn't Feel Right'
Several months after confirming that he will no longer voice The Simpsons‘ beloved Kwik-e-Mart manager, actor Hank Azaria is offering some candid insight into his decision to part ways with Apu.

Though many viewers have long taken issue with Azaria, a white man, voicing an Indian character, the conversation evolved into a full-blown movement with the release of TruTV’s 2017 documentary The Problem With Apu. The film chronicled how the character of Apu — whom Azaria has voiced since his introduction in 1990 — has negatively impacted viewers’ perceptions about Indian people, among other issues.

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‘The Simpsons’: Hank Azaria on Decision to Stop Voicing Apu: ‘It Just Didn’t Feel Right’

‘The Simpsons’: Hank Azaria on Decision to Stop Voicing Apu: ‘It Just Didn’t Feel Right’
Hank Azaria reflected on his decision to stop voicing Apu on The Simpsons in an interview with The New York Times.

The actor announced his decision last month amid a growing backlash against the Indian American convenience-store owner and the stereotypes he pushed. “Once I realized that that was the way this character was thought of, I just didn’t want to participate in it anymore,” Azaria said. “It just didn’t feel right.”

In a statement, the executive producers of The Simpsons said: “We respect Hank’s journey in regard to Apu.
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Hank Azaria Says Basing Apu on Racist Peter Sellers Character Was a Major Blindspot

Hank Azaria Says Basing Apu on Racist Peter Sellers Character Was a Major Blindspot
Hank Azaria announced in January he would be stepping away from voicing Apu on “The Simpsons” following years of controversy over his stereotypical portrayal, and the actor says in a new interview with The New York Times that he was unaware one of the major inspirations for Apu was racist to begin with. Azaria tells The Times writer Dave Itzkoff that he based Apu not only on Indian and Pakistani clerks he heard in New York City but also on Peter Sellers’ character in Blake Edwards’ 1968 comedy “The Party.” The movie stars Sellers as Hrundi V. Bakshi, an unknown Indian film actor who mistakenly finds himself invited to an exclusive Hollywood party. Sellers dons brownface in the film. The character inspired such prolific characters as Azaria’s Apu and Rowan Atkinson’s Mr. Bean.

“That represents a real blind spot I had,” Azaria told The Times “with some disappointment” about
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Hank Azaria Says He Quit Voicing Apu on 'Simpsons' Because "It Just Didn’t Feel Right"

Hank Azaria Says He Quit Voicing Apu on 'Simpsons' Because
Hank Azaria is opening up about his decision to stop voicing one of his classic characters on The Simpsons: Apu Nahasapeemapetilon.

The long-running Indian character on the iconic Fox cartoon came under fire in recent years, with more vocal opponents calling out the Kwik-e-Mart manager's racially stereotypical behavior.

In an interview with The New York Times published Tuesday, Azaria said the uproar over the character really got to him.

“Once I realized that that was the way this character was thought of, I just didn’t want to participate in it anymore,” Azaria told the Times. “It just didn’...
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‘Brockmire’s’ Bumpy Ride, As Told By Hank Azaria

The humble beginnings of Brockmire date back to a Hank Azaria comedy sketch on the Funny or Die platform back in 2010. Along the way, Brockmire — like its title character — found itself going through a roller coaster ride of highs and lows. But in the end, everything worked out, and the series is [...]

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The Simpsons: 10 Best Apu Episodes To Rewatch Now That Hank Azara is Retiring The Character

It's hard to imagine Springfield without Apu. The immigrant from India has been operating the Kwik-e-Mart for the past 30 seasons but Hank Azaria recently stated he will no longer be voicing the iconic character. While Apu has been seen from time to time over the past few seasons fans have not heard him speak since accusations of racism marred the character two years ago.

Related: The Simpsons: 10 Funniest Apu Quotes

With the possibility of Apu being reduced to a voiceless background character now is the perfect time to revisit his most famous episodes. Here are the 10 best Apu episodes to rewatch.
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‘Ray Donovan’ Canceled After Seven Seasons at Showtime

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Showtime has canceled the drama series “Ray Donovan” after seven seasons.

The series starred Liev Schreiber as the title character, a fixer for the rich and famous at first in Los Angeles and later in New York. The news comes just weeks after the seventh season concluded on Jan. 19. The cliffhanger finale for Season 7 will now serve as the series finale. Along with Schreiber, the cast also included Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Pooch Hall, Steven Bauer, Jon Voight, and Graham Rogers. It was created by Ann Biderman and executive produced by David Hollander, Mark Gordon, Bryan Zuriff, and Lou Fusaro.

“After seven incredible seasons, ‘Ray Donovan’ has concluded its run on Showtime,” the premium cabler said in a statement. “We are proud that the series ended amid such strong viewership and on such a powerful note. Our deepest thanks go to Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, showrunner David Hollander and the entire cast and crew,
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‘Ray Donovan’ Canceled By Showtime After 7 Seasons; Won’t Get Final Season 8

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Showtime’s drama series Ray Donovan starring Liev Schreiber will not be getting a final chapter. The Season 7 finale — which is now a series finale — aired on January 19.

“After seven incredible seasons, Ray Donovan has concluded its run on Showtime,” the network said in a statement. “We are proud that the series ended amid such strong viewership and on such a powerful note. Our deepest thanks go to Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, showrunner David Hollander and the entire cast and crew, past and present, for their dedicated work.”

At TCA last month, Showtime’s Co-President of Entertainment Gary Levine admitted that the fixer drama was “nearing the end of its run”. He said at the time that the network was expected to make a decision on the future of the show “in the next few weeks” but hinted that it may get an eighth and final season. That’s what
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AT&T Tops Q4 Earnings Mark, Whiffs on Revenue With $1.2 Billion Investment in HBO Max

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AT&T can thank its lucky stars — and adjustments related to the Time Warner acquisition — for topping fourth-quarter 2019 earnings. Unfortunately for shareholders, a giant investment in upcoming streaming service HBO Max made the parent company miss on revenue estimates.

And then there is that whole cord-cutting issue.

But first: Wall Street had forecast earnings per share (Eps) of 87 cents on $46.96 billion in revenue, according to a Yahoo Finance-compiled consensus. AT&T reported adjusted Eps of 89 cents on $46.8 billion in revenue.

Without a big investment in HBO Max, that Q4 revenue would have been $48 billion, AT&T said. Takes money to make money, we suppose.

Also Read: AT&T Tops Q3 Earnings Forecasts Despite Loss of Nearly 1.2 Million Premium TV Subscribers

In the fourth quarter, AT&T’s mobile services revenue and operating income increased.

But the entertainment group shed video subs again, losing 945,000 premium-tv subscribers and 219,000 AT&T Now customers. The
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The Simpsons: Apu's 5 Worst Scenes (& 5 Fans Actually Loved)

Hank Azaria, longtime voice actor for the animated show The Simpsons, has announced that he will no longer voice the character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, effectively making him one of the only characters retired what was not the result of a voice actor’s death.

Related: The Simpsons: The 10 Funniest Apu Quotes

Indeed, Apu has been making the news recently as being a harmful stereotype of Indians, and many have been calling for him to be scrubbed from the show entirely. Regardless of one’s opinion on his presence in the series, here is a brief retrospective of five of Apu’s best moments on The Simpsons (and five which validate the character’s removal).
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WarnerMedia Hires Snap’s Cheryl Idell as Chief Research Officer

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WarnerMedia has hired Cheryl Idell as an executive vice president and its chief research officer. There, the former Snap executive will spearhead WarnerMedia Entertainment’s cable-tv and streaming viewership measurement.

Sweet, HBO Max ratings!

In the new role, Idell will be responsible for overseeing the functional areas of research across WarnerMedia Entertainment, centralizing expertise in: viewership, content, and strategic market research, insights and analytics, according to the company. Yes, her purview includes the upcoming Svod offering.

Also Read: Disney Does It Again: Disney+ Is Top Sponsored Twitter Trend on Day of Apple TV+'s TCA Debut

“As the evolution of video consumption continues to move at a rapid pace, staying at the forefront of technology, consumer trends and future capabilities is imperative for our success,” her boss, the chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer Bob Greenblatt, said Tuesday in a statement. “Cheryl’s background in technology and entertainment makes her
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Hank Azaria will no longer voice Apu in The Simpsons

With the character having been the subject of much controversy in recent times, particularly since the release of Hary Kondabolu’s documentary The Problem with Apu back in 2017, The Simpsons voice actor Hank Azaria has revealed that he will no longer be lending his voice to Kwik-e-Mart owner Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. “All we know there is […]

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Simpsons actor Hank Azaria says he'll no longer voice Apu: 'We all agreed on it'

Voice actor confirms he will stop playing Indian immigrant store owner, following controversy and accusations of racism

‘Apu was a tool for kids to go after you’: Hari Kondabolu speaks

Simpsons actor Hank Azaria has said he will no longer voice the character Apu, the subject of controversy over allegations of racism.

Related: Don't get rid of Apu. He's a hero to many of us | Bhaskar Sunkara

All we know there is I won’t be doing the voice anymore, unless there’s some way to transition it or something

Related: Five ways the Simpsons could tackle the 'Apu problem'
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Hank Azaria Says He Will No Longer Voice Apu on ‘The Simpsons’

Hank Azaria Says He Will No Longer Voice Apu on ‘The Simpsons’
Hank Azaria revealed in a new interview that he will no longer voice the character of Apu on The Simpsons. The actor’s departure from the role follows a swell of backlash against the Indian-American convenience store owner and the stereotypes it furthered on the long-running animated series.

“All we know there is I won’t be doing the voice anymore, unless there’s someway to transition it or something,” Azaria told Slash Film of Apu.

Although Azaria would no longer voice the character, The Simpsons weren’t necessarily removing
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