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Kermit the Frog's longtime puppeteer has left The Muppets

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Elaine Woods | 12 July, 2017, 00:31

After nearly three decades, Kermit the Frog is getting a new voice as puppeteer and voice actor Steve Whitmire leaves the role, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Whitmire took over the duty in 1990 from Muppets creator Jim Henson after he died.

Steve Whitmire has left his role as the voice behind the iconic Muppet. After 27 years crooning as the beloved character, Steve Whitmire is leaving the role, a Muppets spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

Whitmire began working on The Muppet Show in 1978. On Sesame Street, he is the voice behind Ernie of Bert and Ernie fame. According to a tweet, Steve performed for Jane Henson at an airport coffee shop.

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Details on Whitmire's departure are sparse, though CBS New York reports that he quit.

News agencies tried to reach out to Disney, which owns Muppets Studio, but no statement has been released regarding the move.

Whitmire and Kermit were inseparable for years, with the two making TV appearances on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon", "30 Rock" and "Saturday Night Live" and in films like "Muppets Most Wanted" and "The Muppets" in 2011.

He was even selected by Jerry Nelson to take over Nelson's characters of Floyd Pepper, Lew Zealand, Crazy Harry, Robin the Frog and Camilla the Chicken following his death from 2008.

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