That's the key word Jim MAY have intended for Steve to fill in for Kermit when him and Frank were busy working on other projects but we don't really know for sure. Steve was only going by what he heard from other people but he didn't really know either exactly what Jim said. All he knew was Jim was gonna make another main character for him at the time to perform and that was the last time him and Steve talked. Which is also in the MC interview. Anyways...the subject is The Count not Steve and Kermit or Kermit and Jim or whatever. All in all Sesame Street will be fine. The whole Muppet universe will be fine. Matt will be handed the torch well he kinda already has it but nevertheless The Count will live on forever. Maybe not the person behind him or under him but he will live on just like all the other Muppets.