You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Cheryl Henson Says Fired Kermit The Frog Actor Steve Whitmire Was “Self-Serving”

Deadline logo Deadline 7/18/2017 Dino-Ray Ramos
© Provided by Deadline

Cheryl Henson, Jim Henson Co. board member and daughter of the late Muppet creator, wrote a Facebook post in regards to the firing of former Kermit the Frog actor Steve Whitmire, claiming that his version of the story is “ridiculously self serving” and that he performed Kermit as a “bitter, angry, depressed, victim.” She then goes on to say that in the past few years Whitmire had not been funny or fun. She also reveals that her brother Brian asked Whitmire to perform Kermit, not her father and that recasting Kermit was long overdue. Read the full post below.

The news comes shortly after the Muppets Studio sent out an official statement about the termination of  Whitmire, saying that they were concerned with his “repeated unacceptable business conduct over a period of many years” and how he “consistently failed to address the feedback.”

Whitmire recently wrote a post on his blog and talked about how he approached playing Kermit saying, “My hope was to install it directly into their hearts and minds so that they could, in turn, be inspired to do the same for the next generation of performers instead of the characters becoming stale copies of their former selves. But, as I look around at what is presently transpiring it’s clear to me that the job is far from done.”

Whitmire took over the role of Kermit in 1990 after the death of Jim Henson, but had worked in the Muppets universe since 1978. Matt Vogel, who performed as the Kermit doppelgänger Constatine in Muppets Most Wanted is set to take over the role of the iconic Muppet.

Related Video: Disney Fires Kermit the Frog After 27 Years Ago (Via THR)

UP NEXT
UP NEXT

AdChoices
AdChoices

More from Deadline

AdChoices
image beaconimage beaconimage beacon