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Fired Kermit the Frog puppeteer: It was ‘a huge shock’


Live on TODAY, Steve Whitmire, who was the Kermit the Frog puppeteer for many years, says he “had no advance warning” before being fired by Muppet Studios nine months ago, “so it was a huge shock.” He disputes that he turned the character into a “bitter victim,” as Jim Henson’s daughter has claimed, and accuses Muppet Studios of being disingenuous.