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Longtime Kermit the Frog Voice Actor Replaced After 27 Years

Longtime Kermit the Frog Voice Actor Replaced After 27 Years

For instance, Whitmire's characters weren't being used in recent Muppets Thought of the Week videos.

Whitmire, who voiced the Muppets' character since 1990, has been replaced by another performer, Matt Vogel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

A representative for The Muppets Studio has been contacted by the Press Association for comment. He had been with the company since 1978 and was selected to take over the roles of Kermit and Ernie after Jim Henson passed away in 1990.

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

Muppets fan site Tough Pigs was first to report the news. The character has starred in some other TV shows and movies. Elmo is now performed by Ryan Dillon.

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

Steve Whitmire is leaving the Muppets ensemble.

Since his debut in 1955 on the early Henson puppet show Sam and Friends, Kermit has appeared in nearly every Muppet production.

But Hennes points out that when Whitmire took over from Henson, many believed that the new Kermit simply sounded wrong. He has been the steady voice of the fan-favorite Muppet for over 27 years. Hennes called Vogel "one of the best puppeteers in the world".

"This is honestly the most depressing news ive heard all week. but i know matt vogel is a very talented guy and im proud of him for filling", said another user.

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