The longtime voice of Kermit the Frog, Steve Whitmire, was fired by the Muppets Studio for a pattern of what the studio today called “repeated unacceptable business conduct,” the AP reports.
Whitmire, who had been with the Muppets since 1978, took over the role of Kermit following the death of Jim Henson in 1990. In an emotional blog post after news of his firing went public last week, Whitmire said he learned back in October that Kermit would be recast.
Muppets veteran Matt Vogel has reportedly taken over the role.
In today’s statement, the Muppets Studio did not provide details on Whitmire’s alleged conduct, but said it spanned “a period of many years,” and that “he consistently failed to address” feedback from his bosses, the AP notes.