‘The Simpsons’ Apu Character May Be Quietly Departing The Show

Earlier, Fox Television executives said they would leave it up to the show on how to handle the Apu controversy going forward.
Shankar claimed he received news on Apu from two staffers on The Simpsons and someone who works with creator Matt Groening.
The episode included a scene in which Marge Simpson reads a book to daughter Lisa, who notes the book's “cisgender girl” heroine is “already evolved” and “doesn’t really have an emotional journey to complete.”
In April, Shankar created a spec script competiton centered on the “Apu Problem,” hoping to get show producers to update the character with a more positive portrait.
“Some things will be dealt with at a later date,” Marge tells Lisa, who responds, “If at all.”” />
The Apu controversy came to ahead when Hari Kondabolu’s documentary The Problem with Apu emerged last year.
What can you do?” At that point, Lisa looked at a framed photograph of the Hank Azaria-voiced Apu inscribed, “Don’t have a cow,” the old Bart Simpson catchphrase given new and literal meaning coming from Apu. When Marge asks, “Well, what am I supposed to do?,” Lisa responds, “It’s hard to say. Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect.
Producer and filmmaker Adi Shankar has said in an interview that Apu, the long-running convenience store owner from The Simpsons, may be out of the series.
The character has been the subject of complaints about stereotyping South Asians, intensifying in the last two years. Shankar told Indiewire in an interview that "multiple sources" told him that Apu would be quietly dropped in order to avoid further controversy.
An April Simpsons episode made a glancing address to the controversy about what critics call the stereotypes embodied by Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the Indian-American owner of Springfield’s Kwik-E-Mart convenience store.
The cartoon character is voiced by actor Hank Azaria, who has said he's "willing and happy" to step aside as the voice of Apu or to help transition the character into "something new," calling it "the right thing to do, to me."