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

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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.
 

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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.
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.
 

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I'm pretty sure this is why Jim wanted to keep certain perfomers exclusive to certain entities within his organization - so that way, there would always be a decent amount of performers free and on hand to perform in a project whenever he needed them; this is why up until Jim's death, we never saw Dave or Steve perform on SS, and similarly, obligations to perform Big Bird and Oscar basically made Caroll exclusive to SS.

Honestly, this is why I feel like Matt wasn't a logistically wise choice to become Kermit's new permanent performer, given he's already got a full plate with doing Big Bird full-time now, but also taking on almost all of Jerry's characters, and even how he's far more involved behind the scenes of SS these days with directing and training new performers. Yes, Matt's an amazing and versatile performer, but he's only one in a pool of performers they could have gone through.
 
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I'm gonna be honest here: I've been hearing the evolution of Matt's Kermit voice, and while I would say that he's gradually lost traces of that Constantine-esque sound in the voice, somehow I think that his Kermit voice now sounds more like an Ernie voice.
 
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