EW asked the Disney-owned Muppets Studio for a response, but only got this generic statement. The iconic Muppet character was originally voiced by Jim Henson, who brought the muppet's green and down to earth leader to life. However, Whitmire was sacked from the Kermit role earlier this year.
Kermit The Frog was recast in rather sad circumstances a while back.
It's unclear what Disney's plans are for The Muppets going forward. Disney says the action came after "repeated unacceptable business conduct over a period of many years". "The decision to part ways was a hard one which was made in consultation with the Henson family and has their full support". "I don't feel that I was, in any way, disrespectful by doing that". "At the same time, I also have insight into their limitations with respect to how well they know 'The Muppets'". "Steve performed Kermit as a bitter, angry, depressed victim".
Whitmire added this: "I have remained silent the last nine months in hopes that the Disney company might reverse their course".
"Brian Henson recently told The Hollywood Reporter, "[There were] a lot of complexities to Kermit that have been kind of falling away, and I do believe Matt Vogel can access that energy really well...
In a post on his website, Whitmire noted that he harbors no animosity towards Vogel, although he still wishes things had turned out differently.
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