My experiences with Steve Whitmire...

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I attended a Muppet workshop at Walt Disney World in 1990 with a bunch of other hopefuls. We were trained for a week by Steve Whitmire & Kevin Clash. They were both friendly & kind to all involved.

Years later I worked as a background puppeteer on 'Muppets From Space' & met Steve again. We chatted briefly & he posed for a photo with my friend Kim. After that it was work, he was with the other lead puppeteers & I was with the background puppeteers, so we didn't have much contact beyond the initial hello.

I've heard good things about the man, & negative things. But all I can tell you is that he was very kind to me. Like most of you I imagine, I'm clueless as to his firing.

I've seen clips of the Hollywood Bowl shows, & Matt Vogel seems to be doing a fine job as Kermit. People come & go, for assorted reasons. But as long as the Muppets continue to entertain us, I'll be happy.

Have a great day, everyone!
 

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I attended a Muppet workshop at Walt Disney World in 1990 with a bunch of other hopefuls. We were trained for a week by Steve Whitmire & Kevin Clash. They were both friendly & kind to all involved.

Years later I worked as a background puppeteer on 'Muppets From Space' & met Steve again. We chatted briefly & he posed for a photo with my friend Kim. After that it was work, he was with the other lead puppeteers & I was with the background puppeteers, so we didn't have much contact beyond the initial hello.

I've heard good things about the man, & negative things. But all I can tell you is that he was very kind to me. Like most of you I imagine, I'm clueless as to his firing.

I've seen clips of the Hollywood Bowl shows, & Matt Vogel seems to be doing a fine job as Kermit. People come & go, for assorted reasons. But as long as the Muppets continue to entertain us, I'll be happy.

Have a great day, everyone!
So even you don't know why he was fired?
 

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So even you don't know why he was fired?
Why would this person know why Steve was fired? He just said he performed in one workshop and was a background performer on 1 film, where the background performers didnt' interact much with the leads. I don't think much was discussed on a set like that particularly behind the scenes business practices.
 

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Why would this person know why Steve was fired? He just said he performed in one workshop and was a background performer on 1 film, where the background performers didnt' interact much with the leads. I don't think much was discussed on a set like that particularly behind the scenes business practices.
Sorry, but just wanted to ask, that's all.
 

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Ever since Jerry Nelson died the muppets have been losing a few good people and puppeteers.
 
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