Longtime Kermit the Frog Voice Actor Steve Whitmire Replaced After 27 Years

Longtime Kermit the Frog Voice Actor Steve Whitmire Replaced After 27 Years

The puppeteer behind Kermit the Frog has quit the show, after almost 30 years manning one of the most iconic Muppets.

Muppets Studio's has confirmed with ABC News that Matt Vogel is taking over voicing the iconic character from Whitmire starting with the newest edition "Muppets Thought of the Week", a weekly web video that premieres across the Muppets' social media channels.

Muppet fan site Tough Pigs was the first to report the news that Whitmire would be leaving the series.

Alongside Kermit, Whitmire provided the voices for Rizzo the Rat, lab sidekick Beaker, crotechty critic Statler, as well as "Sesame Street"'s Ernie (of Bert and Ernie) and more.

Whitmire career with the Muppets goes all the way back to the 70s.

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Muppets performer Matt Vogel will take over from Whitmire. His first footage will be featured in a Muppets Thought of the Week video. He also voiced several characters in popular children's TV show "Fraggle Rock" from 1983 to 1987, including Flange Doozer, Sprocket and Wembley Fraggle.

Folks at Touch Pigs said they have many questions, primarily the reasons behind Steve's departure. According to a tweet, Steve performed for Jane Henson at an airport coffee shop.

Representatives for Disney, which owns Muppets Studio, didn't immediately return a request for comment Tuesday about the motivation behind the move.

Vogel joined Sesame Street in 1996 and voiced Kermit's evil doppelganger Constantine in the 2014 Muppets Most Wanted film.

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