- Oct 1, 2018
- Reaction score
I know it sucks that Whitmire is gone but would you rather there be no Kermit at all?
That is a huge possibility and factor. Matt Vogel is Big Bird, the Count, and Mr Johnson. Eric Jacobson is Grover, Bert, Oscar, and Guy Smiley. David Rudman is Cookie and Baby Bear. Peter Linz is Ernie and Herry. Only two major Muppet performers, Bill Barretta and Dave Goelz are the only ones that don’t have Sesame obligations.Honestly, my complaint to all this is that we haven't really had much of Matt Vogel's Kermit in the three years since he took on the role to really see him improve. After the failure of their 2015 series, the Muppets have not really been doing much to stay active in the public eye, with the exception of a few web videos and live appearances. So far, in 2019 alone, all the Muppets have done was making four televised appearances, and that's about it. Though, I guess that can easily be contributed to the fact that many of the puppeteers have been spending much of their time and energy on Sesame Street's 50th anniversary year.
Well from what I remember reading they were expressing unhappiness with Whitmire’s interpretation of the characters and his off-screen behaviour. I’m not making any comment about the accuracy or lack thereof of their complaints, I’m just saying that if an individual is considered to produce substandard work or create an unpleasant working environment for a long period, it would make sense if people said “they’ve been here too long”.What still gets me is the Henson family strongly implied and inferred that recasting Kermit was "long overdue," but since when is there a certain term of how long a performer can play Kermit? Jim had performed Kermit for thirty-five years before passing away, while Steve performed him twenty-six or seven; that's still a long time, but Jim had Steve beat by nearly a decade.