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Kermit the Frog's longtime puppeteer has left The Muppets

Kermit the Frog's longtime puppeteer has left The Muppets

Actor Steve Whitmire is no longer voicing famous The Muppets' character Kermit The Frog. But the truth is that Steve Whitmire has actually been the voice of the iconic muppet (and tea sipper) since Henson died in 1990.

Vogel has been a Muppets puppeteer since the 1990s and previously took on the role of Constantine, a Kermit imitator, in 2014 film Muppets Most Wanted.

Vogel is no stranger to the Muppets universe, either.

When you think of Kermit the Frog's voice, you probably think of Jim Henson.

Vogel will be making his debut in the next "Muppets Thought of the Week" video, according to Muppets fan site Tough Pigs. The puppeteer had worked on the "Muppets" since 1978 and was a reliable mainstay of Henson productions for almost 40 years. The Muppets Studio spokeswoman declined to discuss the details behind Whitmire's departure.

Steve Whitmire quits voicing Kermit the Frog
Kermit the Frog voice actor has been replaced

A spokesperson for the Muppets Studio has confirmed that Matt Vogel will perform Kermit beginning with "Muppets Thought of the Week" next week.

Kermit was the original Muppet created by American puppeteer Jim Henson, first appearing in 1955.

He also originated Rizzo the Rat, one of the all-time great Muppets. As a puppeteer he has worked on such characters as Ernie, Big Bird, Count von Count, Camilla the Chicken and the 80's Robot.

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




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