The Muppets: Steve Whitmire Departs After Nearly 40 Years

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There's a frog in a lot of throats across the country as news has circulated that Kermit the Frog is getting a new voice.

Whitmire has voiced the character since The Muppets creator Jim Henson's death in 1990.

The Muppets Studio spokeswoman would not provide details about Whitmire's exit. He had been with the company since 1978 and was selected to take over the roles of Kermit and Ernie after Jim Henson passed away in 1990.

According to reports in Deadline magazine, Steve Whitmire is leaving the Muppets for undisclosed reasons from next week.

"We will be seeing Matt's first footage as Kermit in a Muppet Thought Of The Week video next week", they added.

"For a lot of adults, Steve's Kermit is the Kermit they grew up with", Hennes said. Matt will make his Kermit debut in a "Muppets Thought of the Week" video next week. According to IMDb, he has appeared in 57 episodes of "Sesame Street" from 1987 onward, and has provided voices for such characters as Count von Count, Big Bird and more.

Matt Vogel, a Muppet veteran, will instead take his place as the voice and action behind the iconic green frog. Hennes called Vogel "one of the best puppeteers in the world".

Meanwhile, Vogel has provided vocals for Muppet characters like Floyd Pepper, Uncle Deadly and Sweetums.

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