Kristen Bell to No Longer Voice Mixed-Race Character in 'Central Park'


Kristen Bell is stepping down from one of her recent acting gigs.

Kristen Bell is stepping down as the voice of the mixed-race character Molly on Apple TV+'s "Central Park", the show announced Wednesday.

On Instagram, Bell wrote, "This is a time to acknowledge our acts of complicity".

In a statement posted to Instagram Wednesday, Slate explained that she had stepped down from the role of Missy because her original reasoning for signing on to voice the character was "flawed" and "an example of white privilege". She voiced black character Missy on the series, but declared in a statement that "black characters on an animated show should be played by black people".

Bell's statement accompanied another statement, which was also shared by Josh Gad, which read, "Kristen Bell is an extraordinarily talented actress who joined the cast of Central Park from almost the first day of the show's development - before there was even a character for her to play - and she has since delivered a amusing, heartfelt, and handsome performance".

We profoundly remorse that we would have contributed to anybody's feeling of exclusion or erasure.

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Meanwhile, the producers of another new animated show, "Central Park", have announced "Frozen (2013)" star Kristen Bell will no longer voice the character Molly, who is mixed-race, on the Apple TV+ comedy series. We're dedicated to creating alternatives for folks of shade and Black folks in all roles, on all our tasks - behind the mic, in the writers room, in manufacturing, and in post-production.

"Casting a combined race character w/a white actress undermines the specificity of the combined race & Black American expertise", Bell's assertion learn.

"Black people today and people today of coloration have labored and will continue to work on Central Park but we can do much better", they additional. "Our store and our show will be better for respecting the nuances and complexity about the situation of representation and striving to get it proper".

The character of Molly is part of the show's central family that oversees the titular park, alongside dad Owen (Leslie Odom Jr.), mom Paige (Kathryn Hahn), and brother Cole (Tituss Burgess).

Series creator Loren Bouchard previously discussed Bell's casting for the role of Molly at January's Television Critics Association Winter Tour.

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