The Muppets: Steve Whitmire Departs After Nearly 40 Years

Posted July 12, 2017

After 27 years, Kermit the Frog is getting a new voice.

Steve Whitmire has been a part of the Muppets family since 1978, and he was chosen by Jim Henson's son Brian to take over as Kermit after his death in 1990.

Disney, the owner of Muppets Studio, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

He has also made appearances operating Big Bird and took over the puppetry of Count von Count in 2008.

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Deadline also confirmed that puppeteer Matt Vogel - who has previously voiced Kermit's evil doppelganger Constantine - as Whitemire's replacement. The Muppets have been putting out short weekly YouTube videos called "Thought of the Week " and Hennes said the new Kermit will likely debut there next week.

Stay tuned for more updates on the Muppets shake-up. "The Muppet Show" followed in 1976 and ended its run in 1982. So that's Whitmire you hear as everyone's favorite "tea lizard" in The Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island, Muppets from Space, Jason Segel's The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted, and ABC's short-lived The Muppets.

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.

His distinguishable nasal voice has become a trademark of the Muppets, so what will Kermit the Frog sound like now?