We don’t know anything about the reasons for Steve’s departure. Please forgive any faux pas as I have not been active in social media previously and have a serious learning curve. We focus on bringing you all things fun so you can plan your theme park vacation, enjoy Disney at home, and more. Besides the puppets, the exhibit will feature rarely seen video footage and photographs going back to Henson's early work in television in the 1950s. Vogel told the fan site The Muppet Mindset that he found it most difficult to replicate the Robin voice. There's a frog in a lot of throats across the world as news has circulated that Kermit the Frog is getting a new voice. Steve Whitmire (Kermit the Frog and Ernie since 1990) no longer with the Muppets. 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 Muppets Studio spokeswoman said that longtime Muppets performer Matt Vogel will be taking over the role. This has been a long time coming with Steve already leaving sesame a few years ago and having constant battles with Disney. As part of the Muppet cast, he has appeared in multiple feature films and television … We will be seeing Matt’s first footage as Kermit in a “Muppets Thought of the Week” video next week. They are a calling, an urgent, undeniable, impossible to resist way of life. Edit: again, everything you're reading is rumors and no confirmation. That's a real shame, if nothing else than because Steve is a hugely talented and often very subtle puppeteer. Museum staff members are working to conserve the items along with Jim Henson's Creature Shop, which was founded by Henson in 1979 and carries on his work, and fine-arts conservators. He had been with the company since 1978 and was selected to take over the roles of Kermit and Ernie after Jim Henson passed away in 1990. Vogel took over voicing the Count when Sesame Street regular Jerry Nelson died in 2012 and soon took over many of Nelson's characters. The voice is so much like Jerry's that it makes it nearly impossible to get there. Of course, we’re still shocked by this news. The result became a skill-set for myself that was sort of a compilation of the best of them all. Who were the other choices? Also Muppets clearly likes to keep the talent pool small. Over the past few months, several of our readers have noticed clues, forcing us to wonder if Steve was absent from the Muppets. She’s an expert on Disney, comedy, pop culture, and travel. Steve Whitmire, who has performed as Kermit the Frog since 1990, is no longer working with the Muppets.. It’s not clear why Whitmire has parted ways with … FILE: Muppet Kermit the Frog and his operator Steve Whitmire take questions from the audience November 14, 2003, at Barnes & Noble Union Square. By Rebecca Davison for MailOnline and Associated Press, Published: 09:37 GMT, 11 July 2017 | Updated: 20:11 GMT, 11 July 2017. Join our Disney mailing list to receive daily news and updates! This community already picked up on Steve being out of the loop months ago. This wasn't a secret. There’s no word why Whitmire is quitting or what will happen to his other characters including Rizzo the Rat and The Muppet Newsman. Representatives for Disney, which owns Muppets Studio, didn't immediately return a request for comment Tuesday about the motivation behind the move. This is crazy news! Fish knives may be passé, but from marmalade to your loaf - what you eat still... Is Spanish strain of Covid-19 behind Europe's second wave? Revolt of the Corbynites: Red Len McCluskey and John McDonnell warn of Labour party split - and certain poll... A toxic cesspit: Here, in their own words, are some of the utterly appalling taunts from some Labour party... 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The Museum of the Moving Image launched a Kickstarter campaign at the time seeking $40,000 to help preserve the puppets for posterity. if he had been something aside from a yes man in recent years as he drove for respect of the property and quality of the product, he has nothing but respect from me, New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. A travelling exhibition using objects from the collection will open May 20 at Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture. Vogel’s first footage as Kermit debuts next week in a “Muppets Thought of the Week” video. He was reportedly chosen by Henson’s son, Brian. He's hopped off! Steve Whitmire (voice of Kermit the frog) No Longer with the Muppets. Yorkshire Ripper in A&E dash: Serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, 74, is taken to hospital after suspected heart... Second man is charged in relation to the murder of Real Housewives of Cheshire star's brother who was gunned... Was agent Stakeknife a hero or a renegade? Please stop taking my word as some sort of bible. There is so much more for us to talk about so I have created this site as a place to connect and share on all things Muppet, past, present and future. With hope, we will have answers to these questions and more as time goes on. Toad you so! 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