The actor who voices Kermit the Frog has quit

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Vogel will literally get the frog in his throat starting with next week's "Muppets Thought of the Week" video, according to Muppets fansite Tough Pigs, who were also the first to report Whitmire's departure. According to the fan site, for the past few months, several fans have noted clues which led them to wonder about Steve's absence from the show. His first time as the character will be in a "Muppets Thought of the Week" video next week, the spokeswoman confirmed.

After Jim Henson died in 1990, he became the voice and puppeteer for two of the Muppets' most legendary characters-Kermit the Frog and Ernie from Sesame Street. Actor Steve Whitmire, who voiced the Muppets' character since 1990, has been replaced by another performer, Matt Vogel.

A Muppets Studio spokesperson said that longtime Muppets performer Matt Vogel will be taking over the role.

Children's TV shows have survived changes in key cast members before, most notably when Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash resigned from "Sesame Street" in 2012 amid allegations that he sexually abused underage boys. He lends his voice to other classic characters such as Floyd Pepper, Lew Zealand, Uncle Deadly, Big Bird and Count von Count. He has already voiced Kermit's imitator Constantine in the film Muppets Most Wanted.