The Man Behind Kermit The Frog Is Being Replaced After 27 Years

Kermit the Frog is getting a new voice.

After a 27-year run, Steve Whitmire will no longer be voicing the beloved green frog, a Muppets Studio spokesperson confirmed to HuffPost on Tuesday. Muppets fan site Tough Pigs was first to report the news.

Taking over for Whitmire is Matt Vogel, a current Muppets performer. He will be heard for the first time as Kermit next week in a Muppets Thought of the Week video, a series appearingon YouTube, the spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter.

According to Tough Pigs, Muppets fans had been speculating about Whitmires departure for the past few months, as they noticedhis characters werent being used in recent Muppet Thought of the Week videos.

Details on Whitmires departure are sparse, though CBS New Yorkreports that he quit. HuffPost contacted Whitmires representatives for comment but did not immediately receive a response.

The puppeteer was involved with the Muppets from the late 70s, Tough Pigs notes, but he first took on the role of Kermit in 1990 following the death of Muppets creator Jim Henson. He was reportedly chosen for the role by Hensons son, Brian.

Meanwhile, Vogel has provided vocals for Muppet characters like Floyd Pepper,Uncle Deadly and Sweetums. Hes also voiced Big Bird and The Count on Sesame Street.

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