Disney fired Kermit the Frog muppeteer over 'repeated unacceptable business conduct'

Rebecca Barbier
Julho 18, 2017

In the post, the first on his site, Whitemire said the Muppets, for him, "are not just a job, or a career, or even a passion".

In his blog post, Whitmire writes: "As I am sure you can imagine, I have experienced every possible emotion since October 2016, when I received a phone call from The Muppets Studio's executives to say they were recasting".

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Muppets Studio said in a statement to Time magazine that it "thanks Steve for his tremendous contributions to Kermit the Frog and the Muppets franchise".

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Muppets creator Jim Henson personally asked Whitmire to take over the role of Kermit before his death at age 53 in 1990. "I wish we could have sat down, looked each other in the eye and discussed what was on their minds before they took such a drastic action".

While it's a bit of a blow to fans of Whitmire's longstanding take on the iconic character, fans of Kermit the Frog and the rest of The Muppets can rest assured that Matt Vogel will replace Whitmire - with his first appearence forthcoming in a "Muppets Thought of the Week" video to be released this week - with the latter actor's blessing. "Doing what is best for the Muppets is the lens through which all my interactions have been filtered".

However, a source close to the studio told the publication Whitmire's communication style was "overly hostile and unproductive" and his way of negotiation resulted in production delays. "Given the opportunity I remain willing to do whatever is required to remedy their concerns because I feel my continued involvement with the characters is in the best interest of the Muppets". "We wish him well in his future endeavors". "I am not saying my notes would have saved it, but I think had they listened more to all of the performers, it would have made a really big difference". "I am devastated to have failed in my duty to my hero", he wrote in a blog post this week.

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