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Harry Shearer no longer voicing black ‘Simpsons’ character

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Another white “Simpsons” voice actor has stepped down from lending his pipes to a character of color. 

According to The Wrap, Harry Shearer, who is white, will no longer voice the black character Dr. Hibbert. He’ll be replaced by Kevin Michael Richardson (“Bless the Harts”) in next Sunday’s episode, “Wad Goals.”

Shearer has voiced Springfield’s most skilled doctor — in contrast to Hank Azaria’s incompetent Dr. Nick — since 1990. He also voices Ned Flanders and Principal Skinner, among other characters, and Fox confirmed to The Post that he will continue voicing the other roles.

He joins Azaria, who last year announced that he’d no longer voice the Indian character Apu — in part after a 2017 documentary, “The Problem with Apu,” brought attention to the subject. Azaria still voices a wide range of characters on the show, such as Moe and Chief Wiggum.

“The Simpsons” is far from the only animated series to address this topic in recent months.

After the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement over the summer of 2020 following the killing of George Floyd, “Family Guy” actor Mike Henry, who is white, announced that he was stepping down from voicing the black character Cleveland. Arif Zahir has since taken over that role.

On Netflix’s “Big Mouth,” Jenny Slate stepped down from voicing Missy — Ayo Edebiri has since taken over the role — and Apple TV+ series “Central Park” re-cast bi-racial character Molly, who was originally voiced by Kristen Bell and is now done by “Umbrella Academy” star Emmy Raver-Lampman.

“The Simpsons” is currently in Season 32, airing Sundays at 8 p.m. on Fox.

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‘Abolish the monarchy’ trends after Meghan and Harry interview

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To cop a lyric from the legendary UK punk band the Sex Pistols, it could be “Anarchy in the UK” — if the Twitterverse has anything to say about it.

After Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s explosive two-hour sit-down interview with chat show queen Oprah Winfrey, #AbolishTheMonarchy is trending hard on Twitter.

The latest cancel-culture campaign appears to have been spurred by 39-year-old Markle’s revelations that she contemplated suicide amid a barrage of tabloid headlines accusing “Hurricane Meghan” of making palace staffers cry — while existing in a toxic environment where the color of her son Archie’s skin was a topic of debate.

After the CBS interview, Twitter was flooded with the hashtag #AbolishTheMonarchy, with some posters invoking the 36-year-old prince’s beloved mum while criticizing the royal family.

“Diana had the final say over that evil family,” one supportive Twitter user posted. She protected her baby. #TeamMeghan #AbolishTheMonarchy.”

Another social-media justice warrior chimed in: “People waking up today just realising that the British Monarchy is a classist, racist institution? Ok. Sure. #AbolishTheMonarchy.”

Of course, the royal family did have their Twitter defenders — which appeared to outrage some hashtaggers to a boot-licking degree:

Other tweeters pointed out that an American — a black one — came to the couple’s rescue in what they claim was their time of time of need, as “The Firm” had canceled their personal security amid death threats.

“Black is Beautiful — Tyler Perry offered Harry and Meghan his home & security when the royal family wouldn’t,” one posted. “Oprah allowed them to tell their story when the royal family wouldn’t. A Black man gave them a home. A Black woman gave them a platform #AbolishTheMonarchy.”

Some hashtag clout chasers expressed support for the Duchess of Sussex: “Proud of meghan to open up about what has happened to her,” one posted. “Just hearing what she went through and how badly she was treated is so heartbreaking. #AbolishTheMonarchy.”

However, the hashtag’s general consensus was a clarion call that the royal family that Princess Diana once called the “establishment I married into” has long since outlived its place in modern society.

“The royal family repeatedly expressed concerns about her baby’s skin colour,” British actor-director David Schneider posted in a particularly scathing tweet. “They discussed not giving him a royal title. They failed to protect her from tabloid race-baiting. The monarchy is not fit for purpose. It should go.”

The Republic, a UK-based “campaign to replace the monarchy with an elected head of state,” declared that the interview “does make this amazing country look ridiculous. We deserve better and can do better.”

The palace has yet to offer official comment on the latest intrigue surrounding Prince Harry and Markle.

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Bear Grylls claims he was ‘approached’ to play James Bond

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The hunt for the new James Bond is turning wild.

Celebrity survivalist Bear Grylls claimed that he has been “approached” to play the big screen’s most famous spy, 007.

“I have been approached to play Bond by a few people I can’t name,” the 46-year-old adventurer best known for his daring survival skills on “Man Vs. Wild” told The Sun on Sunday.

“It’s flattering. I’m privileged to be considered,” he said, suggesting it was a serious approach despite his Bond-like secrecy.

Grylls did not reveal how far the talks have gone, and said he didn’t “want to appear too greedy” in wanting the role as the suave spy in the blockbuster movie franchise.

“I’ve had so much more than I ever imagined and I’m grateful with that,” he told the UK paper.

Grylls has more than a death-defying adventure streak to support his potential to replace Daniel Craig as Bond.

Before finding TV fame, he served in the SAS — the elite UK fighting force similar to America’s Delta Force — and went to Eton, one of the UK’s poshest public schools, which was also attended by Bond creator Ian Fleming.

“I grew up loving Bond films,” Grylls told the outlet. “It was such a landmark moment when a Bond film came out and you’d go to the cinema.”

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Here we go: Yet another awards show-concert to watch on your couch at home.

On Sunday, the Grammys announced its lineup of performers for the 2021 show, which is set to air March 14 at 8 p.m. on CBS, hosted by Trevor Noah. The long list includes Bad Bunny, Black Pumas, Cardi B, BTS, Brandi Carlile, DaBaby, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, Mickey Guyton, Haim, Brittany Howard, Miranda Lambert, Lil Baby, Dua Lipa, Chris Martin, John Mayer, Megan Thee Stallion, Maren Morris, Post Malone, Roddy Ricch, Harry Styles and Taylor Swift.

Among the performers, Dua Lipa, Roddy Ricch and Taylor Swift are also nominated for awards with six nods each.

Swift, who has been in a relationship with actor Joe Alwyn since 2017, previously dated Styles. The former One Direction singer, 27, is now dating Olivia Wilde, 36.

The Recording Academy did not reveal whether performances will be live or pre-taped in the Sunday announcement, but did make note that the show “will pay tribute to the independent venues, which have been greatly impacted by the pandemic.”

“From bartenders to box office managers, those who work day-to-day at the Troubadour (Los Angeles), The Hotel Café (Los Angeles), the Apollo Theater (New York City), and The Station Inn (Nashville) will present various categories throughout the night,” the Academy said.

Music’s big night was set to be held on Jan. 31, but — like many awards shows this season — was pushed back due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. However, the Grammys’ move to March 14 caused a conflict with the Screen Actors Guild Awards, which were set to air the same night. The SAGs have since been rescheduled to April 4.

Clive Davis, who was diagnosed with Bell’s palsy, postponed the second half of his annual party, setting the “pre-Grammy gala” for May — nearly two months after the actual show.

Sources told Variety that much of the 2021 show will be held outside at the Los Angeles Convention Center, with the usual venue, the Staples Center, in the background. There will be no audience and limited media at the live red carpet with performers and presenters, according to the report, which also revealed many performances will likely be pre-recorded.

Nominees were announced in November and include Beyoncé — who led the pack, as well as Billie Eilish, Megan Thee Stallion, Post Malone and more.

Nominations proved to be somewhat scandalous this year as The Weeknd lashed out for being snubbed by the Recording Academy despite his album, “After Hours,” having two No. 1 hits: “Heartless” and “Blinding Lights.”

“The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…” he tweeted in November.

After he rocked a much-talked-about Super Bowl performance, though, The Weeknd seemed to back off, telling Billboard in January that the Grammys “mean nothing” to him.

“I personally don’t care anymore,” the singer, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, said. “I have three Grammys, which mean nothing to me now, obviously. It’s not like, ‘Oh, I want the Grammy!’ It’s just that this happened, and I’m down to get in front of the fire, as long as it never happens again.”

The academy later said it was because it was unsure which genre his music fell under.

Still, The Weeknd said it felt like a “sucker punch.”

“It just kind of hit me out of nowhere,” he told Billboard. “I definitely felt … I felt things. I don’t know if it was sadness or anger. I think it was just confusion. I just wanted answers.”

“Like, ‘What happened?’ We did everything right, I think,” he continued. “I’m not a cocky person. I’m not arrogant. People told me I was going to get nominated. The world told me. Like, ‘This is it; this is your year.’ We were all very confused.”

Justin Bieber also felt snubbed — despite earning an impressive four Grammy Award nominations for his fifth studio album, “Changes” — since he believes his album was wrongfully mistaken as a Pop album rather than an R&B anthology.

The Recording Academy also came under fire when it announced that Taylor Swift‘s re-recorded albums will be eligible for Grammys, prompting to Twitter to call it “greedy.”

But beyond nominations, Tiffany Haddish found herself swept up in Grammy drama when the show offered her a non-paid hosting gig, in which she’d have to pay for her hair, makeup and wardrobe. After she declined, the Academy apologized.

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