Pig out, Denise in while frog marches on
Kermit the Frog lobbed a hand grenade when he announced recently that he and Miss Piggy had broken up after decades.
The surprise revelation stunned fans of The Muppets and made headlines around the world — and the bad news is that the relationship isn’t going to heal anytime soon.
The pair are working together on new late-night chat show, Up Late with Miss Piggy, but don’t expect a kiss-andmake-up any time soon.
“(Our relationship now is) entirely professional,” Kermit says. “I am taking a behind-thescenes role in Miss Piggy’s show as executive producer.
“It can be tough to work with your ex, you know. It can be tough to be executive producer on your ex’s late-night TV show, especially if your ex is a pig.
“People change, so do frogs and pigs. We were together for a long, long time. I don’t want to go into it too much. It’s personal.”
The new more adult version of The Muppets is a behind-thescenes look at Up Late with Miss Piggy, whose staff includes fan favourites including Fozzie Bear and Gonzo.
Executive producers Bob Kushell and Bill Prady convinced Kermit to give them unprecedented access to the inner workings of the show.
“It’s interesting and scary at the same time,” Kermit says. “You get to see things that we wouldn’t necessarily normally want you to see.”
That warts- and-all look into the Muppet world includes footage of Denise, the new lady in Kermit’s life.
“She (Denise) is not a showbiz person,” Kermit says. “You know, she’s a pig. I do have an attraction to pigs.”
Miss Piggy has been trying to stay dignified in the aftermath of Kermit’s shock revelation but she knows she has become the centre of gossip.
“Now everyone’s going to want to know, ‘Ooh, who is Miss Piggy dating? Who is she getting caught snogging with?’ ” she sighs. “I have no problem working with my ex, OK? It’s fine. It’s totally — you know what? Dating moi is like flying close to the sun.
“It is inevitable that Kermit would drop down to the ground while I stayed in the heavens.”
Kermit and Miss Piggy’s relationship is gold for Kushell and Prady.
“Anybody who hasn’t seen The Muppets in the past will see this whole new world and it will feel fresh and original and new to them,” Kushell says. THE MUPPETS, CHANNEL 7, TUESDAY, 7.30PM