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We heard this week that Steve Whitmire would no longer be doing the voice of KERMIT THE FROG.  And it turns out it's because he got CANNED.


He'd taken over when JIM HENSON died in 1990.  Jim handpicked him, and he's been the voice of Kermit ever since.  He says he found out he was fired back in October, but hasn't talked publicly about it until now.


It's still not clear why they fired him.  On his personal blog, he says they had two "issues" with him that he could've helped resolve . . . but apparently, they didn't want to.


A puppeteer named Matt Vogel is taking over.  His first time playing Kermit will be in a video that's coming out next week.  That's according to Disney, which bought the Muppets franchise back in 2004.


Whitmire's other characters include Rizzo the Rat, Statler, Beaker, and Ernie from "Sesame Street".  We still don't know if he's losing those gigs too.  But he's hoping to work something out.


He says, quote, "I've remained silent the last nine months in hopes that the Disney company might reverse their course . . . [and] I remain willing to do whatever is required to remedy their concerns . . . I am devastated to have failed in my duty to my hero."



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