White actor Mike Henry had voiced Black character Cleveland on the animated comedy since its first season in 1999 but recently stepped down from the role, saying that it had been "an honour" to play Cleveland but that "persons of colour should play characters of colour".
Following Henry's exit, Pierce, who starred as Detective Bunk Moreland in The Wire and who also plays James Greer on the Jack Ryan TV series, has now announced that he would be keen to take over the part himself.
"Now that Mike Henry has consciously given up the role of Cleveland, I am publicly starting a campaign to voice the role myself on The Cleveland Show. #WendellIsCleveland," he wrote on Twitter.
Family Guy spin-off The Cleveland Show was actually cancelled in 2013 but the character still features in Family Guy, so it is possible that the actor could play him on the main show.
His Twitter suggestion has gathered plenty of support from his followers too, with one user saying that they would pay to hear the actor "read the phone book or a dictionary" and another saying they were "all for Bunk as the voice of Cleveland".
Some also tweeted Family Guy creator and showrunner Seth MacFarlane directly to ask him to consider Pierce for the role if he is planning a re-cast.
MacFarlane has not yet spoken about his plans for Cleveland's future after Henry quit the role but with Pierce volunteering his voice, we could well have a new Cleveland in place before we know it.
Henry is one of several white actors who have recently departed their voice acting role as a BAME character in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, with Kristen Bell stepping away from her role as mixed-race character Molly on Apple TV+ series Central Park and Jenny Slate leaving her role as biracial Missy on Netflix animation Big Mouth.
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