KERMIT QUITS! Voice of Muppet frog retires after 27 years
THE puppeteer who has voiced and controlled Kermit the Frog from The Muppets has left the show after nearly 30 years.
Steve Whitmire ( left) has been the man behind the lovable green character since 1990 in the various Muppets TV shows and films.
He will be replaced by puppeteer Matt Vogel.
A Muppets Studio spokesman confirmed the news of Whitmire’s departure along with Vogel’s new position yesterday.
The reason for the Kermit star’s departure has not been revealed.
Fans can see Vogel’s first outing as Kermit in a Muppets Thought of the Week video next week.
Whitmire had been in control of Kermit since 1990 following the death of Muppets creator Jim Henson. He had also voiced Ernie of the beloved Sesame Street double act Bert and Ernie.
Vogel has been a Muppets puppeteer since the 1990s and previously took on the role of Constantine, a Kermit imitator, in 2014 film Muppets Most Wanted.