When it was revealed in February that the sci-fi animated series Futurama would certainly be going back to our screens with a rebirth produced by Hulu, followers of the cult classic show began to express joy.
Nonetheless, shortly after the resurgence’s news, it was likewise introduced that while Billy West (the voice of Fry) as well as Katey Sagal (the voice of Leela)– as well as various other members of the original actors– had actually signed on to reprise their respective roles, John DiMaggio, who articulates the fan-favourite, booze-drinking, smart-mouthed robotic Bender, had not.
It was reported that DiMaggio had not signed on to voice Bender in the revival because he was working out with Hulu for even more money to do so. Followers rapidly required to Twitter to support DiMaggio utilizing the hashtag ‘bendergate’ and even threatened to boycott the Futurama revival if Hulu really did not procure DiMaggio. DiMaggio himself ultimately wrote on Twitter:
” … simply to be clear, I don’t believe that only I deserve to be paid much more. I assume the entire actors does. Settlements are a natural part of operating in movie industry … Bender belongs of my soul & absolutely nothing concerning this is implied to be disrespectful to the followers or my Futurama family members. It’s about pride. And honestly, being tired of a market that’s come to be far also business and capitalizes on artist’s time & skill.”
But, in the words of Teacher Hubert J. Farnsworth, now there’s some “great news, everyone” concerning DiMaggio and also the Futurama revival. Because today, according to Deadline, DiMaggio has ultimately reached a handle Hulu and also the actor will indeed articulate Bender in the revival, which is established for a 2023 launch. In a statement DiMaggio claimed:
” I’M BACK, INFANT! So damn happy for the love and also support of fans as well as coworkers alike throughout this whole time– especially my wife, Kate– and also I can not wait to return to collaborate with my Futurama family members.
#Bendergate is formally over, so put it on the back of a rack behind Xmas decorations, or perhaps in that cooking area cabinet with all of the other crap you put in there like old pointless insane glue, or perhaps even place it in a container you save farts in. Whatever drifts your boat, I do not care, you get the picture. I’M BACK, CHILD! ATTACK MY SHINY METAL ASS!”
Futurama’s makers, Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons) and David X. Cohen– that are likewise going back to work with the resurgence– were delighted with the news that DiMaggio would certainly return, with Groening commenting, “from the moment John DiMaggio auditioned last century, we understood we had our Bender. So congrats to everybody at Futurama. We’re all back, child!”
The Futurama revival will consist of 20 episodes as well as will premiere on Hulu, meaning it’s likely that the revival will be readily available for Australians to enjoy on Disney+ Australia, as most Hulu initial web content is released onto Disney+.