The latest word from behind the scenes of The Muppets franchise holds an explanation as to why longtime Kermit the Frog actor Steve Whitmire was fired last October following one season of the rebooted The Muppet Show on ABC. Ever since taking over the role of Kermit following the tragic death of the Muppets’ creator, Jim Henson, in 1990, Whitmire has remained an integral cog in the working machinations of The Muppets Studio.

For those not in the know, The Muppets franchise and associated characters had their start on the Henson created television program Sam and Friends – which aired from 1955 to 1961 –  before going on to star in their very ...

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