Published: Wed, July 12, 2017
Life&Culture | By Kristin Armstrong

Kermit the Frog gets a new voice after 27 years

Kermit the Frog gets a new voice after 27 years

The puppeteer behind Kermit the Frog has quit the show, after almost 30 years manning one of the most iconic Muppets.

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

The details behind Whitmire's departure have not been made public. Kermit was the original Muppet created by American puppeteer Jim...

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For people who love the Muppets - which is to say, anyone with a heart - this is a big deal. Vogel's debut as Kermit is expected in next week's "Muppets Thought of the Week" video. "There's a much larger sense of optimism about what's coming up next for the Muppets", he said. His first footage will be featured in a Muppets Thought of the Week video. Kermit was fashioned from an old coat belonging to Henson's mother and was named after one of Henson's childhood friends.

A spokesperson from the studio confirmed that Vogel will be performing Kermit beginning next week.

Steve Whitmire, pictured with Kermit the Frog in 2003, has been replaced after voicing the iconic character since 1990. He has also done Count von Count from "Sesame Street" and a variety of other popular characters, including in the most recent movie "Muppets Most Wanted" (2014). "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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