Again, this brings us to the problem that other veteran Muppet Performers have been addressing, in that Disney seems hesitant and reluctant to allow any of their input to be heard or taken into consideration, and instead, just seem to go with whatever half-brained idea they can pull out of a hat - whether it's in the Muppet spirit or not - and as such, we end up with failed projects, like the ABC show that tried way too hard to be like other mainstream "sitcoms" out there to make the Muppets feel more mainstream so they would appear to mainstream audiences, which resulted in what was basically THE BIG MODERN MUPPET BANG OFFICE FAMILY THEORY.
This is also, according to his side of the story, what Steve Whitmire kept fighting for: preserving the Muppets' integrity, rather than continually just go with whatever flow Disney has in mind, since it clearly wasn't doing much good for the Muppets anyway . . . and, I mean, if a number of the veteran performers keep saying this, it must hold some merit, don't you think? It's also possible that all of that nitpicking is what got Steve into trouble, because, unfortunately, that's how life often is: if you "step out of line" and dare to challenge the powers that be, they can show you the door and not think twice about it.