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Steve Whitmire has left the Muppets, Matt Vogel to continue as Kermit

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by GonzoMan, Jul 10, 2017.

  1. DarthGonzo

    DarthGonzo Well-Known Member

    As far as im concerned, this could very well be the true beginning of the end for these characters. Disney has kicked to the proverbial curb the man Jim Henson himself hand picked to play Kermit. And even though Matt Vogel is a very talented man, all of this really seems like Disney is making a very hardcore effort to give themselves total control of what the frog says and does. That just makes me uncomfortable.
     
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  2. ConsummateVs

    ConsummateVs Well-Known Member

    Never mind, I found it.
     
  3. mbmfrog

    mbmfrog Well-Known Member

    Hearing this news reminds me of Joey Mazzarino and Sesame Street how he quit the show. Honestly it like these big wigs don't care about what makes these characters special anymore to the overall public. :concern:
     
  4. CBPuppets

    CBPuppets Well-Known Member

  5. JimAndFrank

    JimAndFrank Well-Known Member

    If I recall correctly, Disney was anxious about Jim's demand that Kermit stays under his creative control in the original deal. They wouldn't even trust Jim.
     
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  6. DARTH MUPPET

    DARTH MUPPET Well-Known Member

    This Is puzzling to be sure, he has been Kermit since what 1990? since Henson died. I thought when Whitmore started his lines were limited but he Honed the character over the years and Is now the best Kermit Disney could ever hope to find. Matt Vogel Is a veteran Muppeteer so I am sure he will do Ok but a loss to be sure.
     
  7. beakerboy12

    beakerboy12 Well-Known Member

    *climbs out of the bushes*
    ...So... how's everyone been doing?
     
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  8. JimAndFrank

    JimAndFrank Well-Known Member

    Oh, just swimmingly, thanks for asking! It's been such a lovely week for everyone involved. ;):):D
     
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  9. CBPuppets

    CBPuppets Well-Known Member

    The only question on my mind is why Disney would do this?
     
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  10. Duke Remington

    Duke Remington Well-Known Member

  11. CBPuppets

    CBPuppets Well-Known Member

    Whoa! I highly Doubt Steve would do something like that
     
  12. Walter

    Walter Well-Known Member

    "I just want you all to know that I am sorry if I have disappointed any of you at any point throughout our journey, and to let everyone know that I am devastated to have failed in my duty to my hero."

    No Steve... you have never failed us... just thinking about how much you've put into Kermit... How you made him who he is today... I can't believe this is happening...

    You're a hero to us all Steve... YOU brought Kermit here... Brought US here... don't think for one second that you've let us down...

    YOU brought me the Kermit I grew up with... and for that I, and millions of other fans, will be forever grateful... Thank you and good luck sir... :)
     
  13. CBPuppets

    CBPuppets Well-Known Member

    I wonder how the other Muppet Performers are taking it?
     
  14. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I'm quite shocked more fans are not upset about this. Sesame fired the older cast members, and it's like the world was coming to an end. Disney does this to Steve and people are just like meh Disney had the right. What?
     
  15. ConsummateVs

    ConsummateVs Well-Known Member

    I am upset. Steve's Kermit was the Kermit I grew up with.
     
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  16. CBPuppets

    CBPuppets Well-Known Member

    Same here. I was born in October of 1989 so I was born 7 months before Jim's passing.
     
  17. ErinAardvark

    ErinAardvark Well-Known Member

    I'm kind of in shock over this myself, especially since Steve feels like he's not only failed us (meaning the fans), but Jim Henson as well. I'm not going to jump to conclusions over Disney's decision, but I don't like it one bit. I grew up with a mix of the Henson Kermit and the Whitmire Kermit (I was born in 1982), and when I first heard Steve's Kermit, I wasn't impressed, but the more I heard it, the more I got used to it, and it's probably going to be the same with Matt Vogel's Kermit (and the realization that Matt Vogel was also Constantine put me in hysterics for a moment or so), but it's not going to make me feel better about this situation.
     
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  18. CBPuppets

    CBPuppets Well-Known Member

    He has always been one of my favorite Muppet Performers Growing Up (Next to Stephanie D'Abruzzo and Dave Goelz)
     
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  19. vettech28

    vettech28 Well-Known Member

    Steve's Kermit is what I grew up with, too. But thanks to VHS tapes, I heard Jim as Kermit, too.

    And Steve, you never disappointed anyone. You've done so much for your fans just like Jim, Frank and the others.

    As for the situation between him and Disney, I am upset about what happened, I'm not sure if I should distance myself from Disney any farther than I already have. I do love plenty of Disney movies.

    But I can't help but think about Dave Goelz, the two are very much best friends, I wonder how he feels about losing his friend because of what went down. I'm sure they'll see each other outside of the Muppets, but I can't imagine how upset he must be.
     
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  20. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    Note to self: never work for Disney.
     

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