Big news for fans of The Muppets. According to ToughPigs, veteran performer Steve Whitmire has left the popular Disney franchise.
Whitmire began working on The Muppet Show in 1978. After Jim Henson died in 1990, he became the voice and puppeteer for two of the Muppets’ most legendary characters—Kermit the Frog and Ernie from Sesame Street. Whitmire’s other Muppet characters include Rizzo the Rat, Beaker, and Statler.
It’s unclear why Whitmire has left The Muppets, but Disney has confirmed that Matt Vogel will be the new performer for Kermit and will make his debut in next week’s “Muppets Thought of the Week.” The web series is available to watch on YouTube.
Watch Whitmire as Kermit below:
What do you think? Are you a big fan of the Muppets? Are you sad Steve Whitmire is leaving?