Kermit the Frog voice actor replaced after 27 years

Kermit the Frog's longtime puppeteer has left The Muppets

Kermit the Frog's longtime puppeteer has left The Muppets

After 27 years voicing and puppeteering the beloved Muppet, Steve, 57, is to be replaced by puppeteer Matt Vogel, 46. Whitmire has voiced the character in the Muppets television programs and films since Muppets creator Jim Henson's death in 1990. Both The Muppets Studio and Whitmire himself have either declined or have been unavailable for comment.

He has also made appearances operating Big Bird and took over the puppetry of Count von Count in 2008.

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.

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

"For a lot of adults, Steve's Kermit is the Kermit they grew up with", Hennes said. "We will be seeing Matt's first footage as Kermit in a "Muppets Thought of the Week" video next week". "The Muppet Show" followed in 1976 and ended its run in 1982.

He also voiced Kermit on ABC's one-and-done live-action Muppets series.

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Muppets performer Matt Vogel will take over from Whitmire.

His distinguishable nasal voice has become a trademark of the Muppets, so what will Kermit the Frog sound like now? "For a lot of the fans, it will be a little jarring to hear a different performer's voice".

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