Published: Tue, July 11, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Kermit the Frog to get a new voice after 27 years

Kermit the Frog to get a new voice after 27 years

After 27 years, Steve Whitmire will no longer be the voice of Kermit the Frog, a Muppets Studio spokeswoman confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

Whitmire first took on the role of Kermit starting in 1990 following the death of Muppets creator Jim Henson.

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Fans said they were "devastated" that Whitmire would no longer work with Kermit, with one saying they were "trying not to cry" at the news, and shared stories of meeting him.

And Kermit wasn't the only character he voiced either - with Steve also lending his vocals to Rizzo The Rat, Beaker and Waldorf's ever-critical partner Statler, among others. Vogel's debut as Kermit is expected in next week's "Muppets Thought of the Week" video. Whitmire was hand-picked by Henson's son to voice Kermit, Kill Screen noted.

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He was a "mainstay" of the Muppets and also voiced for Ernie on Sesame Street, the Times reported. Somewhat ironically, Vogel, who has been with the Muppets since 1996 in various roles, performed as Kermit-impersonator Constantine in Muppets Most Wanted.

Whitmire could not be reached for comment. The Muppets Studio spokeswoman declined to discuss the details behind Whitmire's departure.

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