Did Kermit Actor Turn the Frog Into a 'Depressed Victim'?

Did Kermit Actor Turn the Frog Into a 'Depressed Victim'?

Kermit has had a frog in his throat since the beloved Muppet’s voice actor, Steve Whitmire, was fired — and he claims it was without warning.

Whitmire, 57, was the only voice of Kermit in the last 27 years, following Jim Henson’s death, but his performance wasn’t well-received by Henson’s family.

“Steve is very difficult to work with and it’s been many years of being difficult, particularly for the producers,” Henson’s daughter, Cheryl, fumed to NBC’s “Today” show on Thursday. “He’s not Kermit. He’s a performer, who was hired to do Kermit. There’s a difference.”

Cheryl had previously complained that Whitmire’s “performance of Kermit has strayed far away from my father’s good-hearted, compassionate leader of The Muppets … Steve performed Kermit as a bitter, angry, depressed victim … Worst of all, in the past few years he had not been … funny or fun.”

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Kermit was one of the stars of the short-lived ABC series The Muppets.