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It's Official: Caroll Spinney retires from Sesame Street after nearly 50 years

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Convincing John, Oct 17, 2018.

  1. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    That would have been interesting to see. Seems like there would be some chemistry between those two characters.
     
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  2. Schfifty

    Schfifty Well-Known Member

    Dude, I would be so down for seeing that!

    He probably would've cameoed in "Life's a Happy Song" or just appeared in the background with no dialogue as an easter egg. :laugh:
     
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  3. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I've heard second/third-hand rumors that he was either going to be one of the telethon celebrity phone operators, or they were going to use him instead of Pepe in that brief Dirty Dancing scene.
     
  4. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    What number are their hands now?
     
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  5. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    This is sad news, but I'm not really surprised. It is great that he'll achieve his goal of making it to season 50 (and season 49 hasn't even started airing yet).

    But I see a lot of people online talking about this (and this applies more to reactions from fans on Facebook than on the Muppet Central/Tough Pigs forums), but I feel a lot of people are reacting to the news as if he had died. He's still alive, even if he's no longer involved.

    I've heard he's made an "ambassador" of Sesame Street. I wonder what that means.
     
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  6. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    MC's Twitter is saying that he made it through 49 years and not 50.
     
  7. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Production-wise, yes. They usually shoot each season at least a year in advance, so even though they're working on TV Season 50, year-wise this is still the 49th year that SS has been around.
     
  8. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    After seeing that tribute video Sesame Workshop did to honor Caroll Spinney, I was thinking that's the kind of thing Sesame Workshop hasn't done for its official YouTube channel, and hope they can do more with other performers and people involved with the show.

    But now I wonder if maybe they were planning such a series and it's a coincidence that it was uploaded right when Caroll announced his retirement. Unless he already talked about it to Sesame Workshop and the video was put together and they were saving it until he retired. But I noticed that at the beginning, Guy Smiley refers to Spinney as the guy who plays Big Bird (not played, though he was still to do the characters for one more day), and there's no mention in the actual video (just the description) that he's retired.
     
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  9. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I can't quite remember, but didn't they do something similar for Jerry Nelson's passing and Fran Brill's retirement?
     
  10. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Maybe they did, but I don't think they were on the official Sesame Street YouTube channel.
     
  11. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Considering there was the whole NY Times article, I think it's safe to say they had this planned for a little while now.

    I don't recall them doing anything for Fran (aside from the in-joke in The Cookie Thief special). I do remember when Jerry passed away, the YouTube channel uploaded a few videos in a bulk that features his characters.
     
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  12. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    That's what I thought.
     
  13. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Here are some beautiful pictures from Caroll's final performance on Thursday courtesy of Sesame Workshop.

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  14. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Excuse me while I slip away somewhere so I can ugly-cry.
     
  15. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Lol, Tyler and Tau clapping from down on the floor. Also, Carmen's hair is on point.

    Man, these pics are great. So amazing to see so many people there. I especially love the second to last one with Caroll and Debbie.

    And dagnabbit, now I'm having feelings! :(
     
  16. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Here's Caroll's retirement cake.

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  17. Schfifty

    Schfifty Well-Known Member

    I'm literally starting to tear up a bit now. The pic with Deb hugging Caroll with Matt and Eric in the back is especially really emotional. :cry:
     
  18. BlakeConor14

    BlakeConor14 Well-Known Member

    The last photo with Debbie, Matt and Eric. Wow I very nearly cried
     
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  19. JimAndFrank

    JimAndFrank Well-Known Member

    I'm just crying over in the corner....ignore me...
     
  20. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    Please excuse me while I go cry in the corner...
     

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