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    ‘Sesame Street’ issues clarification on Bert and Ernie’s relationship

    Former “Sesame Street” writer Mark Saltzman dropped a bombshell in a recent interview, claiming the show’s iconic duo Bert and Ernie are a gay couple. However, Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind the show, said in a statement to TODAY that the two characters “remain puppets” and “do not have a sexual orientation.” NBC’s Kristen Dahlgren reports for TODAY.