Kermit the Frog has been a household name for a lot of us for many, many years. Many of us would rush home from school just to check out the latest episodes of The Muppets and even kids today enjoy their movies.
If you were a true Muppet fan, you probably know perfectly well that it’s not easy being green. But it may be even harder no long being green, especially for Steve Whitmire. You’re probably wondering who in the world that is.
Steve Whitmire has been the puppeteer for Kermit for the past 27 years and recently has been let go. The man is completely devastated. He told CBS News on Thursday that he has failed the Muppets founder and his mentor Jim Henson.
Whitmire joined the Muppets team in 1978, taking over Kermit after Henson died in 1990. He acknowledged his firing on his blog.
According to CBS, Whitmire mentioned in his blog that he was let go against his will and that he would’ve never left voluntarily.
He wrote, “For me, the Muppets are not just a job, or a career, or even a passion. They are a calling, an urgent, undeniable, impossible to resist way of life.”
He continued, “This is my life’s work since I was 19 years old. I feel that I am at the top of my game.”
The reason for Whitmire’s firing has not been revealed. According to CBS, Whitmire has offered “multiple remedies” to the reasons he was given for his firing.
Neither the Muppet Studio nor Disney have responded to requests for comment from The Associated Press. The Studio did release a statement to Time magazine thanking Steve for all he’s done for the Muppets franchise.
According to the Hollywood Reporter and ABC News, longtime Muppets performer Matt Vogel will take over as Kermit the Frog.
After Henson passed away, people couldn’t imagine anyone else taking over the role of Kermit. But Whitmire took up the role and became the only Kermit kids today know and love.