'The Wire' Star Wendell Pierce Offers to Voice 'Family Guy' Character Cleveland Brown

'The Wire' Star Wendell Pierce Offers to Voice 'Family Guy' Character Cleveland Brown
Over the weekend, Family Guy voice actor Mike Henry announced that he was stepping down from the role of Cleveland Brown, declaring that "persons of color should play characters of color." Now, The Wire star Wendell Pierce has thrown his hat into the ring to play the character.

Pierce, who you may recognize from his work as Bunk Moreland in The Wire and Antoine Batiste in Treme, declared his intention to take on the role with a tweet:
 

Henry's announcement followed the reveal that Jenny Slate had left her role as Missy on Big Mouth for similar reasons. Earlier this year, Hank Azaria confirmed that he would no longer be voicing Apu on The Simpsons following a backlash. In fact, all characters of colour on The Simpsons will now be played by people of colour.