Kermit the Frog finds a new voice

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Steve started off on "The Muppet Show" in 1978, on which he voiced characters Rizzo the Rat, Lips and Foo-Foo, among others.

But Steve Whitmire, who took over the role of Kermit the Frog, has been doing a great job since taking over one of the first and most personal Muppets that Jim Henson invented. (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.

Vogel joined Sesame Streetin 1996, and has since played several roles, including Count von Count, Floyd Pepper, and interestingly enough, Kermit's doppelgänger, Constantine in Muppets Most Wanted.

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

Replacement actor Matt Vogel has nearly exclusively worked with Muppets, too.

According to Hollywood Entertainment, Whitmire's decision to leave has been confirmed by a Muppet Studio spokesperson. He has been the steady voice of the fan-favorite Muppet for over 27 years.

Children's TV shows have survived changes in key cast members before, most notably when Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash resigned from "Sesame Street" in 2012 amid allegations that he sexually abused underage boys.

Vogel has been doing voice work for some time, too. The Muppet Studio's are confident with their voice of Vogel ass he has the necessary experience for the position.



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