Kermit the Frog gets a new croak after 27 years

Kermit the Frog's longtime puppeteer has left The Muppets

Steve Whitmire, the voice and person behind the Muppets' Kermit the Frog for almost 30 years, is no longer working as the famous frog.

Steve Whitmire took over as the voice of Kermit when Muppets founder Jim Henson died in 1990.

In addition to Kermit, Whitmire had voiced grumpy critic Statler, Rizzo the Rat and other characters for the Muppets. Now it seems that the news has been confirmed, and his replacement is Muppets veteran 46-year-old Matt Vogel.

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

"For a lot of adults, Steve's Kermit is the Kermit they grew up with", Hennes said.


He will be making his first appearance on "Muppets Thought of the Week" next week, though it is unlikely you will be able to spot any difference to the actual voice. On Sesame Street, he is the voice behind Ernie of Bert and Ernie fame. Elmo is now performed by Ryan Dillon. "The Muppet Show" followed in 1976 and ended its run in 1982. According to IMDb, he has appeared in 57 episodes of "Sesame Street" from 1987 onward, and has provided voices for such characters as Count von Count, Big Bird and more.

Here's hoping Kermit doesn't sound like he has a frog in his throat. After 27 years, most fans have reconciled.

Taking over for Whitmire is Matt Vogel, a current Muppets performer.

There has been no indication or reason given as to why he has quit, but they've already found a replacement for him in Matt Vogel. "But just like we did with Steve, we'll get used to it because it will be such a professional performance".

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