“Last night’s episode ‘DiaryQueen’ featured Harry Shearer as the voice of Dr. Hibbert for the last time,” 20th Television shared in a statement to the site. “Next Sunday’s episode ‘Wad Goals’ will have Kevin Michael Richardson voicing Dr. Hibbert — and from there on out he will voice the character.”
The recasting comes after the show announced that they were going to replace every non-person of color voicing a character of color on the long running series.
“Moving forward, The Simpsons will no longer have White actors voice non-White characters,” the show said in a statement last year.
The issue with The Simpsons having White actors play non-white characters was brought to light with Apu, the show’s Indian Kwik-E-Mart proprietor, in 2017.
Kevin has voiced other characters in the show since 2001 and is also a familiar voice from Family Guy.