But now it's straight up cancelled!
Ticket holders were sent the following email on Friday:
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Aww. It's a sad day for anyone who has been to a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in the last two decades.
Duncan Brannan, the voice of the franchise's
kind of creepy signature mascot since 1993, has been FIRED! The worst part is that the company didn't even have the decency to tell him in person (or at least in an email).
The voice actor discovered he had been replaced after hearing Chuck's Hot New Single, a jingle floating around on the internet that features a voice "clearly" different from his.
Brannan has every right to be angered by his employer's unprofessionalism, but instead he's taking the high road. It turns out that Chuck E. Cheese has been super Christian all along and that pizza is not his first love — God is.
In a Facebook post to friends, family and fans regarding his replacement, Brannan proudly declares love for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He wants the world to know that he didn't do his job for the money, the glory or the groupies, but to spread the word of God, as he wrote:
"If being the voice of Chuck E. Cheese for any length of time has meant anything to me, it was never about a paycheck because God will always provide for His children in one way or another. No. What it was about, what my sincere hope is that you — you Fans, you parents, and all you kids who have loved Chuck E. Cheese over the years — have seen, heard, or experienced Jesus Christ in and through my life in some way. For He is all that matters, now and for all eternity. I hope that you have seen Christ in me. I hope that He touched your life through mine in some special way and, if that happened, then I was doing my one true real job, which is sharing Him with all of you.
No, we weren't expecting a bible lesson from the voice of Chuck E. Cheese either, but at least he's looking on the bright side and doesn't plan on drowning himself in the ball pit anytime soon.