Kermit the Frog — unethical amphibian?
The actor who for nearly three decades provided the voice for the popular Muppet believed that the character was headed in the wrong direction, and says he was fired by Disney in October partly because he wasn’t shy about expressing his opinions.
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Steve Whitmire, who began voicing Kermit in 1990 after the death of Muppets creator Jim Henson, told The Hollywood Reporter that he was given two reason for his termination — his outspokenness over Kermit’s development during production of the since-canceled “Muppets” reboot on ABC, and a union disagreement.
Whitmire, who began working with the Muppets in 1978, says Disney and Muppets Studio betrayed Henson’s original vision for his iconic green character.
“I have been outspoken about what’s best for the Muppets since the Muppets came to Disney (in 2004), but the fact is I have respect for everyone who was involved in the creation of that series for their own particular contributions,” he said. “At the same time, I also have insight into their limitations with respect to how well they know the Muppets.”
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Whitmire pointed to an episode in which Kermit lies to his nephew Robin about his breakup with longtime girlfriend Miss Piggy. The old Kermit never would have done that, said Whitmire.
“I think that as Robin came to Kermit, he would say ‘things happen, people go their separate ways, but that doesn’t mean we don’t care about you.’ Kermit is too compassionate …
Source:: East Bay – Entertainment