LOS ANGELES - There’s a new Kermit the Frog in the house… sorta.
Disney has let the puppeteer and voice of the iconic Muppet, Steve Whitmire, go after 27 years. Don’t tell Miss Piggy!
Whitmire aired his grievances in a blog post after it was revealed Matt Vogel would be replacing him.
“As I am sure you can imagine, I have experienced every possible emotion since October 2016, when I received a phone call from The Muppets Studio’s executives to say they were recasting. Through a new business representative, I have offered multiple remedies to their two stated issues which had never been mentioned to me prior to that phone call. I wish that we could have sat down, looked each other in the eye, and discussed what was on their minds before they took such a drastic action.”
A rep for the Muppets Studio released the following statement:
“The Muppets Studio thanks Steve for his tremendous contributions to Kermit the Frog and The Muppets franchise. We wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Whitmire had been working with Kermit since Jim Henson passed away in 1990.