Steve Whitmire, performer of Kermit the Frog since 1990, is reportedly no longer working with the Muppets.

Kermit the frog is undoubtedly one the most iconic characters ever created in the annals of TVv shows. Whether you like it or not, Kermit is inescapably tangled with our childhood. For people who love the Muppets — which is to say, anyone with a heart — this is a big deal. Whitmire, who’s been part of the Muppet family since The Muppet Show in the late 1970s, took over as the voice of Kermit and Ernie on Sesame Street, among others, following Jim Henson’s death in 1990, which is years before most you reading this article were even born!

The fan site Tough Pigs claimed Kermit’s new performer will be Vogel, who’s been with the company since 1996 and, as noted by Tough Pigs, he’s “proven to be a talented and professional torch bearer for other classic characters, such as Floyd, Lew Zealand, and The Count.” (He took over Jerry Nelson’s characters when his mentor retired.)

And yet, the fans still have many, many questions.  They don’t know anything about the reasons for Steve’s departure.  They don’t know what will happen with his characters, both the ones he inherited (like Beaker) or the ones he originated (like Rizzo the Rat).

Whatever it is, we hope this turns out a change for good.

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