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The relationship status of 'Sesame Street' favourites Bert and Ernie has long been questioned, with many now-adult fans convinced that they were in fact a gay couple. A former writer for the show took it upon himself to confirm the rumours recently, but now the Sesame workshop and Frank Oz are contesting this alleged truth and it's even more divisive than before.
Frank Oz at 'The Last Jedi' premiere
Saying that Bert and Ernie are gay has served to both delight and infuriate fans of The Muppets, but that's exactly what writer Mark Saltzman thought while he was working on 'Sesame Street' for 15 years. He admits that the Muppets' relationship reflected his own relationship with partner Arnold Glassman at the time.
The actor reveals why he was fired from The Muppets.
The reasons behind Steve Whitmire's sudden dismissal from The Muppets franchise as the voice of Kermit the Frog have finally been uncovered, with Disney officials citing his unacceptable workplace conduct while the actor denies having ever been reprimanded in the past for his behaviour.
Kermit and Miss Piggy at 'Muppets Most Wanted' premiere
The internet reacted with shock when it was announced that the voice of Kermit, Steve Whitmire, was being replaced after 27 years by Matt Vogel. More shock came when it was revealed that he'd actually been fired, and that he was certainly dedicated to staying with the role if it were down to him.
It seems the Muppets star did not want to leave his post.
Just days after it was revealed that Kermit the Frog was getting a new voice, the circumstances of Steve Whitmire's departure from The Muppets have been revealed. It seems that it wasn't an early retirement after all, and the actor is devastated to be leaving the franchise.
Kermit the Frog with Miss Piggy at 'Muppets Most Wanted' premiere
Sadly, the 57-year-old has not left his role as Kermit voluntarily; it seems he has been let go after 27 years of service to the Muppets, for reasons which remain unknown. He wrote about the sad news in a blog post this week, not long after it was revealed that Matt Vogel would be replacing him.
Continue reading: Kermit The Frog Voice Actor Steve Whitmire Is Devastated To Be Replaced
Shock in the world of 'The Muppets' as Whitmire unexpectedly departs.
For only the third time since the 50s, a new actor is taking over as the voice of 'The Muppets' favourite Kermit the Frog. Matt Vogel will become the new permanent puppeteer, having worked with the Jim Henson Company since the 1990s. It's unlikely you would notice the change, however.
Kermit the Frog at 'Muppets Most Wanted' premiere
For the last few weeks, a number of characters who are voiced by Steve Whitmire - including Kermit himself - have not been making appearances on 'Muppet Thought of the Week', leading to reports that he had left the show. Now it seems that the news has been confirmed, and his replacement is Muppets veteran 46-year-old Matt Vogel.
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‘The Muppets’ is no longer for children, according to Christian group One Million Moms.
US Christian group, One Million Moms has called on ABC to pull ‘The Muppets’ off air, claiming that the show is no longer suitable for children. The group says that ‘the family-friendly Muppets of the 1970s are no more’, thanks to the new ABC series and accuses the show of promoting ‘promiscuity.’
Are Kermit and Miss Piggy now too adult for younger viewers?
In a letter on their website One Million Moms writes, ‘1MM suspects there are going to be a lot of shocked moms and dads when they discover that the family-friendly Muppets of the 1970s are no more. It appears that no subject is off limits. ABC's new Muppet Show, airing on Tuesday evenings at 8:00 pm ET/7:00 pm CT, is not what Jim Henson imagined and created.’
Continue reading: US Pressure Group Calls For Too Adult 'Muppets' To Be Taken Off Air
Appearing on a late night chat show with your ex is one way to deal with a break-up.
Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog might no longer be a couple, but the pair are still keeping their professional obligations, no matter how awkward they might be. On Monday night the exes reunited on Jimmy Kimmel Live! ahead of the premiere of their new ABC show ‘The Muppets’.
Kermit and Miss Piggy are no longer together, but still honouring their chat show commitments.
Host Kimmel didn't waste any time and got straight to the hard questions, asking the pair why they split, especially as “You always seemed so happily unhappy together.” "Well, Piggy and I had a great relationship for many, many years, and we sort of wanted different things," Kermit answered.
Over the last few months we’ve seen a host of celebrity divorces and rumours of marital discord. In case you’ve missed any, here’s a rundown of the most shocking splits of Summer 2015.
For those living in the Western hemisphere, summer is drawing to a close. Unfortunately, this summer has been filled with news of celebrity divorces and separation rumours concerning some of the most beloved stars on the planet. In case you’ve missed any – let’s face it, there’s been a lot to keep up with – here’s a recap.
‘The Muppets’ executive producer, Bill Prady, has revealed why he decided it was time for Miss Piggy and Kermit to announce their split.
Miss Piggy and Kermit’s separation shocked the world and was the jewel in the crown of this summer’s celebrity splits. Bill Prady, the executive producer of the upcoming new series of The Muppets, revealed why he and his writing team decided it was time for the couple to end their relationship after more than forty years.
Kermit and Miss Piggy at the London premiere of The Muppets Most Wanted in March 2014.
First Gwen and Gavin then Zayn and Perrie, now Kermit and Miss Piggy have called it quits.
One of the most iconic couples in showbiz, The Muppets' stars Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy have sadly ended their decades long relationship. The couple’s shock split comes just months before 'The Muppets’ are due back on our screens, with a new reality series on ABC.
Kermit and Miss Piggy have sadly announced their break-up.
A statement on Miss Piggy’s Facebook page read, ‘After careful thought, thoughtful consideration and considerable squabbling, Kermit the Frog and moi have made the difficult decision to terminate our romantic relationship.’
Continue reading: Kermit And Miss Piggy Announce Break-Up Ahead Of New 'Muppets' Series
Miss Piggy sings Rihanna’s ‘B***h Better Have My Money’ in a hilarious new video.
A video in which scenes from Miss Piggy’s prolific Muppets career were remixed in a parody of Rihanna’s ‘B***h Better Have My Money’ (BBHMM) is pretty fabulous, if we’re completely honest. The 1 minute 40 second footage is a tribute to Miss Piggy, who is arguably a bigger diva than Rihanna. Whilst Rihanna’s video involves controversial violence, Miss Piggy’s is much more toned down yet the message remains the same: nobody messes with Miss Piggy and gets away with it!
Rihanna at the Met Ball in 2015.
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Miss Piggy sings along to BBHMM in the video. The role of the villain, played by Mads Mikkelsen in Rihanna’s video, is played by Miss Piggy’s long-time love, Kermit the Frog. Adam Schleichkorn, A.K.A. Mylo the Cat, created the video for Vulture as part of their weekly remix videos. Mylo even makes a cameo appearance in the video.
Rihanna’s ‘B***h Better Have My Money’, or BBHMM for short, was released last month and immediately caused controversy. The music video for the song sees Rihanna kidnapping the wife of a man who has wronged her. Rihanna and other women working with her assault the woman on various occasions, at one point in the video tying her upside down by her feet from a barn building.