Longtime voice of Kermit the Frog leaves Muppet Studio

  • Longtime voice of Kermit the Frog leaves Muppet Studio

Longtime voice of Kermit the Frog leaves Muppet Studio

Vogel's voice will be heard on next week's "Muppets Thought of the Week" show, ABC News reported.

Representatives for Disney, which owns Muppets Studio, didn't immediately return a request for comment Tuesday about the motivation behind the move.

Kermit was previously voiced by Muppets creator Jim Henson until Henson's death in 1990, after which Whitmire took the reigns of the famous frog. "We will be seeing Matt's first footage as Kermit in a "Muppets Thought of the Week" video next week".

"Will you guys ask a reason for this?", one user wrote to fan site Tough Pigs, which replied "questions have been asked".

In addition to playing Kermit, Whitmire has also portrayed characters on Fraggle Rock and appeared in films Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal.

Kermit made his debut in a 1955 television comedy called "Sam and Friends", which aired locally in Washington, D.C., but he looked more lizardlike back then.

Meanwhile, Vogel has been a Muppet performer since 1996.

Whitmire career with the Muppets goes all the way back to the 70s. He had been with the studio since 1978 when he started on The Muppet Show. He has been the steady voice of the fan-favorite Muppet for over 27 years.

The puppeteer will be replaced by Matt Vogel, the spokeswoman added. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Henson's son, Brian, chose Whitmire to perform as the amphibian.