- Kermit the Frog will soon have a new voice
- Steve Whitmire, the voice behind Kermit for 27 years, was fired by Muppets bosses
- Matt Vogel will take Whitmire’s place
After nearly three decades of being the voice of the most famous muppet amphibian Kermit the Frog, puppeteer Steve Whitmire is being replaced.
According to The Guardian, Whitmire, who has been with the Muppets since 1978, took over as the voice of the beloved green frog when its creator, Jim Henson, died unexpectedly in 1990.
Matt Vogel, another long-time Muppet performer whose credits include Kermit look-alike and criminal mastermind, Constantine, World’s Most Dangerous Frog in the 2014 film, “Muppets Most Wanted,” will replace Whitmire
In his blog, Muppets Pundit, Whitmire revealed that he was fired by Muppets Studios executives, but did not specify the reasons why.
His blog reads:
“For me the Muppets are not just a job, or a career, or even a passion. They are a calling, an urgent, undeniable, impossible to resist way of life. This is my life’s work since I was 19 years old. I feel that I am at the top of my game, and I want all of you who love the Muppets to know that I would never consider abandoning Kermit or any of the others because to do so would be to forsake the assignment entrusted to me by Jim Henson, my friend and mentor, but even more, my hero.
As I am sure you can imagine, I have experienced every possible emotion since October 2016, when I received a phone call from The Muppets Studio’s executives to say they were recasting. 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. 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 have remained silent the last nine months in hopes that the Disney company might reverse their course. Doing what is best for the Muppets is the lens through which all my interactions have been filtered. 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.”