17 July 2017 2:54 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Updated: The Muppet Studio, the division of The Walt Disney Co. responsible responsible for the Muppets, said Monday that it fired Kermit the Frog voice actor Steve Whitmire after “repeated unacceptable business conduct over a period of many years.”

“The role of Kermit the Frog is an iconic one that is beloved by fans and we take our responsibility to protect the integrity of that character very seriously,” a Muppet Studio spokesperson said in a statement Monday. “We raised concerns about Steve’s repeated unacceptable business conduct over a period of many years and he consistently failed to address the feedback. The decision to part ways was a difficult one which was made in consultation with the Henson family and has their full support.”

Whitmire revealed Monday that he was fired in October after voicing Kermit for 27 years. He and late Muppets creator Jim Henson are the only two performers to have ever voiced the character. Whitmire »


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