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Original Yellow Wiggle Greg Page meets new member Tsehay Hawkins

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 21/10/2021 Abi Moustafa For Daily Mail Australia
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Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins announced earlier this week she was leaving the children's band after 11 years.

And The Wiggles have now released a sweet photo of the moment original Yellow Wiggle Greg Page met Emma's replacement, 16-year-old Tsehay Hawkins.

The group's youngest-ever member performed the signature finger-gun pose alongside the band's co-founder, 49, in a post shared to Instagram on Thursday. 

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'The OG Yellow Wiggle meets the newest Yellow Wiggle! Talk about a historic moment! #TheWiggles #FruitSaladTV,' the post was captioned. 

Tsehay's predecessor Emma is leaving the group so she can devote more time to her other passions, including completing her PhD at Macquarie University.

The Ethiopian-born dancer, whose first name is pronounced se-hi, joined the Wiggles family earlier this year for the launch of YouTube show 'Fruit Salad TV'. 

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Emma said earlier this week the Covid-19 lockdown made her reassess her priorities, and she realised how much she missed being at home. 

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'After 11 years of performing with The Wiggles, and nine of those as the Yellow Wiggle, the time has come for me to pass the yellow skivvy on,' she said.

'Like many people around the world, the pandemic has given me time to reflect on what is important in life. 

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'For me, that means spending more time at home, something that I didn't realise I was missing out on being away eight months of the year on tour, but something that I have really cherished over the last 18 months.'

She continued: 'I am also really looking forward to devoting more time and energy on completing my PhD that incorporates my ongoing passion for sign language, dance and film editing, and to having more time to work with the deaf community.'

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Emma is passionate about sign language and raising awareness of Australia's deaf community after growing up with her best friend having two deaf brothers.

Her PhD, which she has been researching for several years, focuses on the affective, artistic integrations of sign language, dance and film editing.

She has also completed a Diploma of Auslan (Australian Sign Language).

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