Kermit the Frog's Puppeteer Leaves the Muppets

Posted July 12, 2017

Kermit was the original Muppet created by American puppeteer Jim...

Fans are shocked by the news as Whitmire has been on The Muppet Show since 1978, lending voice to Kermit the Frog for the past 27 years.

"We will be seeing Matt's first footage as Kermit in a Muppet Thought Of The Week video next week", they added.

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Muppets Studio's has confirmed with ABC News that Matt Vogel is taking over voicing the iconic character from Whitmire starting with the newest edition "Muppets Thought of the Week", a weekly web video that premieres across the Muppets' social media channels.

It's also not clear how long Whitmire has been gone from the company, although ToughPigs says it first noticed something was up a few months ago.

Vogel has been with the Muppets since 1996, and is now the performer behind Camilla the Chicken and Sesame Street's The Count. Whitmire was reportedly selected by Henson's son Brian to inherit the character. The Muppets Studio spokeswoman declined to discuss the details behind Whitmire's departure.

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Whitmire could not be reached for comment. Kermit looks to have been left in capable hands, though, as Matt played Constantine, an evil mastermind and near-exact double of Kermit, in the 2014 movie "Muppets Most Wanted", which also featured Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey.

Children's TV shows have survived changes in key cast members before, most notably when Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash resigned from "Sesame Street" in 2012 amid allegations that he sexually abused underage boys.

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