None of this is simple. I feel really terribly for Steve. But at what point does this end? I want to hear him tell us of the Muppets past, tell us what he feels about projects, etc., but I'm losing interest in watching his decent into passively demonizing an increasing number of groups and people. The fact that he had to respond to a fans question on whether to hate or like Debbie, should have been a wake up call that he needs to be more careful in what he is stirring up though his loaded communications. More and more I feel like we're seeing what got him fired. I think he means well, but his delivery is not great.I never really thought about it like that
In terms of the recast/understudy issue, he keeps bringing up the point that Jim never had them, ignoring the many, many anecdotes and written history of Jim literally contemplating doing just that during the time of the Disney deal. With him being busy and Frank taking on more directing, he knew that he might need secondary performers available to take on the characters when they weren't available. Well, it happened. And Steve found himself someone to perform besides Rizzo.
If fans really want the one true Kermit as they insist, watch the old stuff. Younger fans might have the epiphany that it was actually Jim. Then start looking forward. Jim died and Steve got to care for him for a bit. So yeah, he was the one true Kermit for a period of time. But you know what, the next time we see him, he'll be the one true Kermit again, this time performed by his new, official performer, Matt Vogel.