Futurama brings back longtime Bender voice actor John DiMaggio

After nearly a month-long controversy known by fans as #Bendergate,’ voice actor John DiMaggio is officially returning to voice Bender in Hulu’s Futurama revival.

Fans were up in arms when the 53-year-old actor wasn’t among the original cast members announced for the revival in early February, and he later revealed he believed he and the rest of the cast deserved higher pay.

The voice actor later revealed he believed that both he and the rest of the cast deserved to be paid more, but now an agreement has been reached and DiMaggio is joining the cast, with the actor thanking his fans in a statement (via Variety).

He’s back: After nearly a month-long controversy known by fans as #Bendergate,’ voice actor John DiMaggio is officially returning to voice Bender in Hulu’s Futurama revival

Bendergate: Fans were up in arms when the 53-year-old actor wasn't among the original cast members announced for the revival in early February, and he later revealed he believed he and the rest of the cast deserved higher pay

Bendergate: Fans were up in arms when the 53-year-old actor wasn’t among the original cast members announced for the revival in early February, and he later revealed he believed he and the rest of the cast deserved higher pay

Statement: The voice actor later revealed he believed that both he and the rest of the cast deserved to be paid more, but now an agreement has been reached and DiMaggio is joining the cast, with the actor thanking his fans in a statement (via Variety )

Statement: The voice actor later revealed he believed that both he and the rest of the cast deserved to be paid more, but now an agreement has been reached and DiMaggio is joining the cast, with the actor thanking his fans in a statement (via Variety )

‘I’M BACK, BABY! So damn grateful for the love and support of fans and colleagues alike during this whole time (especially my wife, Kate), and I cannot wait to get back to work with my Futurama family,’ DiMaggio began.

‘#Bendergate is officially over, so put it on the back of a shelf behind Xmas decorations, or maybe in that kitchen drawer with all of the other crap you put in there like old unusable crazy glue, or maybe even put it in a jar you save farts in,’ he continued.

‘Whatever floats your boat, I don’t care, you get the picture. I’M BACK, BABY! COCK MY SHINY METAL A**!’ he concluded, using one of Bender’s iconic catch-phrases.

John and Kate: 'I¿M BACK, BABY!  So damn grateful for the love and support of fans and colleagues alike during this whole time (especially my wife, Kate), and I cannot wait to get back to work with my Futurama family,' DiMaggio began

John and Kate: ‘I’M BACK, BABY! So damn grateful for the love and support of fans and colleagues alike during this whole time (especially my wife, Kate), and I cannot wait to get back to work with my Futurama family,’ DiMaggio began

Futurama debuted on Fox in 1999, an animated series from The Simpsons creator Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, which followed the crew of a 31st Century delivery company.

The show ran for four seasons on Fox from 1999 to 2003 before it was canceled, later revived with a series of four direct-to-DVD films released between November 2007 to February 2009.

The popularity of those films – which all featured the entire original cast – lead to Comedy Central picking up the show for four more seasons that aired from 2010 to 2013.

Debut: Futurama debuted on Fox in 1999, an animated series from The Simpsons creator Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, which followed the crew of a 31st Century delivery company

Debut: Futurama debuted on Fox in 1999, an animated series from The Simpsons creator Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, which followed the crew of a 31st Century delivery company

The show stars Billy West as Philip J. Fry, a human who accidentally froze himself in 1999 and thawed out in 2999, Katey Sagal as the one-eyed alien Leela, Tress MacNeille as the computerized Mom, Maurice LaMarche as Kif Kroker, Lauren Tom as Amy Wong, Phil LaMarr as Hermes Conrad and David Herman as Scruffy, with most of the actors voicing several other characters.

Futurama co-creator Matt Groening added, ‘From the moment John DiMaggio auditioned last century, we knew we had our Bender. So congrats to everyone at ‘Futurama.’ We’re all back, baby!’

David X. Cohen added, ‘John DiMaggio may be a great robot, but he’s also a great human being. Not many people or machines can say that.’

Bender is back: Futurama co-creator Matt Groening added, 'From the moment John DiMaggio auditioned last century, we knew we had our Bender.  So congrats to everyone at ¿Futurama.¿ We¿re all back, baby!'

Bender is back: Futurama co-creator Matt Groening added, ‘From the moment John DiMaggio auditioned last century, we knew we had our Bender. So congrats to everyone at ‘Futurama.’ We’re all back, baby!’

‘For the fourth time, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime thrill to be back with our entire original cast and the phenomenal animators of Rough Draft Studios!’ he added.

Hulu announced the revival in early February, ordering 20 episodes that will premiere in 2023.

Production was said to begin in February, though it’s unclear if production did start without DiMaggio.

Production: Production was said to begin in February, though it's unclear if production did start without DiMaggio

Production: Production was said to begin in February, though it’s unclear if production did start without DiMaggio

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