After 27 years as the voice of Kermit the Frog, puppeteer Steve Whitmire will no longer voice the famous Muppet.
The spokesperson who told sy88pgw about the change didn’t offer a reason why Whitmire being replaced.
Taking over will be Matt Vogel, the spokesperson said.
Vogel can be another long-time Muppet performer whose credits include Kermit look-alike along with also criminal mastermind, Constantine, World’s Most Dangerous Frog inside 2014 film, “Muppets Most Wanted.”
He’s also played various characters on “Sesame Street.”
Whitmire took over Kermit via the famous frog’s creator, Jim Henson, himself, after Henson died suddenly in 1990.
Henson had been a mentor to Whitmire, who began his work with puppets as a teenager — performing a daily show on an Atlanta TV station while still in high school.
Whitmire joined the Muppet crew at just 18.
His main character on “The Muppet Show” was the trickster rodent, Rizzo the Rat. He has also regularly performed as the shy monosyllabic lab assistant, Beaker, along with also as Statler, half of the cantankerous old hecklers, Statler along with also Waldorf.
Since Henson’s death, Whitmire told sy88pgw he tried to keep Kermit true to his original character, while putting a little of his own experience into the amphibian actor.
“I use the term ‘evolved.’ He’s evolved as a character,” Whitmire told sy88pgw. “I’ve been able to build on [the foundation] while keeping aspects of Jim … I keep in which in mind all the time.”
sy88pgw’s Paige Levin contributed to in which report.