Kermit The Frog Voice Actor Exiting After 27 Years

Kermit The Frog Voice Actor Exiting After 27 Years”

Steve Whitmire, the voice and person behind the Muppets' Kermit the Frog for almost 30 years, is no longer working as the famous frog. The 57-year-old has voiced the iconic green felt puppet since its creator and original puppeteer Jim Henson died in 1990.

Vogel will debut as Kermit in a "Muppet Thought of the Week" web video next week, the spokeswoman said. (He took over Jerry Nelson's characters when his mentor retired.) As for Whitmire, it's unknown what he's doing next, or why he left the Muppets, but thanks for the hundreds of happy memories. Somewhat ironically, Vogel, who has been with the Muppets since 1996 in various roles, performed as Kermit-impersonator Constantine in Muppets Most Wanted.

Muppet fan site Tough Pigs was first to report Whitmire was leaving the Muppets.

Whitmire's first IMDb credit was for "The Muppet Movie" in 1979, and most recently, he starred as Kermit, Beaker, and other characters in the ABC series "The Muppets".

He also originated Rizzo the Rat, one of the all-time great Muppets. The Muppets Studio spokeswoman declined to discuss the details behind Whitmire's departure.

Whitmire could not be reached for comment.

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