Kermit the Frog performer says firing a ‘complete shock’
The longtime performer of Kermit the Frog says Disney’s decision to fire him from the role came as “a complete shock.’’
Appearing on NBC’s “Today’’ show Thursday, Steve Whitmire also pushed back on claims from the Muppets Studio that Whitmire’s “repeated unacceptable business conduct’’ over many years was to blame for his dismissal. Disney owns the Muppets Studio.
Whitmire says he’d been outspoken about keeping the Muppets characters consistent because “their longevity is completely based on their consistency . ... Otherwise, it’s not Kermit or any of the Muppets at all.’’
Whitmire was informed of the decision in October.
He says he refrained from speaking out in the hopes that the studio would reconsider.
Kermit the Frog, left, and puppeteer Steve Whitmire attend “The Muppets” panel on at Comic-Con International in San Diego, in this 2015 AP photo. Whitmire said on NBC’s “Today” show Thursday that his firing as Kermit’s performer came as ”a complete shock.”