Longtime Kermit the Frog Voice Actor Replaced After 27 Years

Longtime Kermit the Frog Voice Actor Replaced After 27 Years

For only the third time since the 50s, a new actor is taking over as the voice of 'The Muppets' favourite Kermit the Frog.

As a puppeteer, Whitmire first joined the Muppet family back in 1978 with the original Muppet Show.

Whitmire took over the duty in 1990 from Muppets creator Jim Henson after he died.

Representatives for Disney, which owns Muppets Studio, did not immediately return a request for comment about the motivation behind the move.

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Fan site Tough Pigs reportedly reached out to the Muppets Studio regarding the decreasing presence of Whitmire.

It was later nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song in 1979.

He will be making his first appearance on "Muppets Thought of the Week" next week, though it is unlikely you will be able to spot any difference to the actual voice. Vogel is also the Muppet Captain on Sesame Street.

He also voiced Kermit on ABC's one-and-done live-action Muppets series.

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But Hennes points out that when Whitmire took over from Henson, many believed that the new Kermit simply sounded wrong.

There has been no indication or reason given as to why he has quit, but they've already found a replacement for him in Matt Vogel.

Kermit the Frog - with whom the famous diva has had an on-off romance over many years - is "losing" his voice. "For a lot of the fans, it will be a little jarring to hear a different performer's voice".

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