Steve Whitmire has been the voice and control behind one of the most beloved Muppet characters, Kermit the Frog. The puppeteer opened up about the end of his 27 years of professional career in a wonderful part of the entertainment industry. It turns out that Disney’s Muppets Studio gave in to a drastic action by firing their Kermit puppeteer. On top of that, Whitmire didn’t have the chance to talk with executives on this matter in a face-to-face meeting.
The Kermit Puppeteer Didn’t Leave the Team Voluntarily
Whitmire wrote in his blog dispelling any rumors that circulated the media about him being on board with his departure from the Muppets team. The performer confessed that this show was the work of his life and he wouldn’t abandon this beloved project for any reason.
“[…] to do so would be to forsake the assignment entrusted to me by Jim Henson, my friend, and mentor.”
Whitmire was part of the Muppets project since 1978, and it was in 1990 when he became the iconic voice behind the character Kermit the Frog. At the beginning of the month, Disney company announced the replacement of Whitmire with Matt Vogel. However, the statement was followed by no explanation to this sudden change of cast.
Whitmire Received the News of His Firing in October
Matt Vogel does have previous connections with the show. He performed as Kermit imitator Constantine in Muppets Most Wanted. However, Whitmire was notified about this board’s demand back in October 2016. The Kermit puppeteer offered numerous solutions to avoid getting out of the team. However, none of these were convincing enough to avert this decision.
Whitmire didn’t disclose this event before its completion as he still had hopes for a cancellation of his discharge. However, there is still no official explanation for this recasting. It is assumed that Whitmire refrained from such disclosures due to his NDA contract with the studio.
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