Pig out, Denise in while frog marches on

Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE COUCH - BY COLIN VICK­ERY NA­TIONAL TV WRITER

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

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