Kermit the Frog's Puppeteer Leaves the Muppets

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Steve Whitmire, the long-time puppeteer and voice of Kermit the Frog, Rizzo the Rat, Statler, and Beaker, is reportedly no longer involved with the Muppets.

Steve Whitmire, who has voiced the iconic Muppets character since 1990, has been replaced by fellow Muppets performer Matt Vogel, according to reports.

Disney, the owner of Muppets Studio, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Vogel has voiced such characters as Big Bird, Robin the Frog and The Count.

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Whitmire, 57, took over the role following the death of Muppets creator Jim Henson in 1990. For instance, Whitmire's characters weren't being used in recent Muppets Thought of the Week videos.

"For a lot of adults, Steve's Kermit is the Kermit they grew up with", Hennes said. His first time as the character will be in a "Muppets Thought of the Week" video next week, the spokeswoman confirmed.

Whitmire had worked on the Muppets since 1978, also voicing Ernie of the Sesame Street double act Bert and Ernie.

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Henson and his 2-foot-tall puppet joined "Sesame Street" in 1969.

He has been a Muppets puppeteer since the 1990s and took on the role of Constantine in the 2014 film Muppets Most Wanted.

Kermit the Frog's puppeteer of nearly three decades has stepped down from his post as the lovable green frog's voice. "For a lot of the fans, it will be a little jarring to hear a different performer's voice".

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