Things We Saw Today: Longtime Kermit Puppeteer and Jim Henson Successor, Steve Whitmire, Mysteriously Fired

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This week, it was announced that Steve Whitmire, successor to Jim Henson in acting as puppeteer for Kermit the Frog, will no longer be performing the role, and will be replaced by Matt Vogel. While initial reports were that Whitmire was “retiring,” he revealed in a personal blog post that he was not leaving the role by choice, saying, “I want all of you who love the Muppets to know that I would never consider abandoning Kermit or any of the others because to do so would be to forsake the assignment entrusted to me by Jim Henson, my friend and mentor, but even more, my hero.” Apparently, Muppets Studio executives didn’t allow him the opportunity to correct whatever problems they had with him after almost thirty years. The reasons for his firing are still unclear. (via Time)

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