Muppet Kermit the Frog getting a new voice
Kermit the Frog is getting a new voice. ABC News and The Hollywood Reporter report that Steve Whitmire has left his role as the voice behind the iconic Muppet. Whitmire has voiced the character since Muppets creator Jim Henson’s death in 1990. A Muppets Studio spokesperson tells the outlets that longtime Muppets performer Matt Vogel will be taking over the role. Representatives for Disney, which owns Muppets Studio, didn’t comment Tuesday about the motivation behind the move. In addition to Kermit, Whitmire had voiced grumpy critic Statler, Rizzo the Rat and other characters for the Muppets.