The Muppets: Steve Whitmire Departs After Nearly 40 Years

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The Muppets: Steve Whitmire Departs After Nearly 40 Years

Since his debut in 1955 on the early Henson puppet show Sam and Friends, Kermit has appeared in nearly every Muppet production. It remains unclear as to whether he quit or was sacked.

Kermit The Frog has a new voice: Steve Whitmire has left his role after voicing the character since Muppets creator Jim Henson's death in 1990.

Vogel is a puppeteer, director and singer, but only later in his career did he start putting his vocal abilities to use with The Muppets Studio.

In addition to Kermit, Whitmire had voiced grumpy critic Statler, Rizzo the Rat, the always-startled Beaker and other characters for the Muppets. After 27 years, most fans have reconciled. However, Whitmire has chose to call it quits after his lucrative career as the character.

Both he and Muppet Studios have not said why he is dropping out.

Performer Matt Vogel will take over as the famous Muppet, according to THR, adding that his first appearance as the character will be in a "Muppets Thought of the Week" video next week.

Vogel previously worked alongside Steve and seemed to be the best fit for the position. He had also voiced Ernie of the beloved Sesame Street double act Bert and Ernie.

"We will be seeing Matt's first footage as Kermit in a Muppet Thought Of The Week video next week", they added. He is the most popular Muppet out of the mix and has the highest demand among the public.

Stay tuned for more updates on the Muppets shake-up.

Vogel has been doing voice work for some time, too.

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