Kanye West to guest star in ‘Family Guy’ spin-off

Rapper will voice 'Kenny West' in The Cleveland Show

Kanye West is set to voice a character in upcoming ‘Family Guy’ spin-off ‘The Cleveland Show’.

West will voice a character named Kenny West in the forthcoming animated series which sees the ‘Family Guy’ character move home to Virginia with his new family.

The rapper, reportedly fan of the show, even attended a table reading of the episode, according to People .


Executive Producer Mike Henry, who also voices the Cleveland character, said: “It was surprising that (he) was so into it that he came to the table, and wonderfully surprising how cool he was, how funny he was and how unassuming he was. He’s just a great presence.”

West was known to be a fan of ‘Family Guy’ because he invited show creator Seth McFarlane to his house, and had mentioned the announcement of ‘The Cleveland Show’ on his blog.

Executive Producer Richard Appel also revealed that West involved himself in the scripting process.

He said: “Before we came to the table, there was only one line he didn’t love and he came up with another idea and in a completely modest, nice way said: ‘Would you mind if I changed just this one line?’ And our feeling was, ‘How many raps have we written’? One. And how many has he written? Be our guest!'”

Appel continued: “We just recorded him in the booth and he was fantastic. Once he read it a couple times through, he just owned the character, which I guess isn’t hard since he was named Kenny West. He said he’d be glad to (come back). I said we could write him into the next 21 episodes!”

Described by McFarland as a ‘black Brady Bunch‘, The Cleveland Show debuts in the US this autumn, with West‘s episode set to broadcast early in 2010.