Steve Whitmire, who took over as Kermit the Frog after founder Jim Henson died in 1990, says he was sacked after 27 years. Ever since taking over the role of Kermit following the tragic death of the Muppets' creator, Jim Henson, in 1990, Whitmire has remained an integral cog in the working machinations of The Muppets Studio.
Disney's decision to fire muppeteer Steve Whitmire was one that may have been made after years of reported disagreements.
He said he was let go against his will, and would never have left voluntarily.
Whitmire wrote he had "experienced every emotion possible" since the news, which he was delivered a full nine months ago.
"Through a new business representative, I have offered multiple remedies to their two stated issues which had never been mentioned to me prior to that phone call", he wrote. "I wish that we could have sat down, looked each other in the eye, and discussed what was on their minds before they took such a drastic action".
"I can see straight through my house", Redding, who recently paid off the home, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Elmo is now performed by Ryan Dillon.
Whitmire told The Hollywood Reporter that Disney terminated him because they didn't appreciate his character notes during the filming of the short-lived Muppets revival on ABC. "They are a calling - an urgent, undeniable, impossible-to-resist way of life", he wrote on his blog, which is somewhat hard to read thanks to a very green background.
"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".
Muppet Studios, on the other hand released a statement at Time Magazine on Wednesday expressing how thankful they are on Whitmire's contributions and that they wish him well in his future endeavors. "Given the opportunity I remain willing to do whatever is required to remedy their concerns because I feel my continued involvement with the characters is in the best interest of the Muppets".