Steve Whitmire, fired puppeteer behind Kermit the Frog, says he's 'devastated'

18 Juillet, 2017, 01:12 | Author: Lucrece Courtet
  • Disney fired Kermit the Frog's longtime puppeteer, and he is 'devastated'

Steve Whitmire, the voice of Kermit the Frog for the last 27 years, was fired. After Disney picked up the rights to The Muppets franchise in 2004 - which resulted in two feature films from 2011 and 2014, as well as the The Muppet Show reboot on ABC from a year ago - Whitmire stayed on as Kermit, even though his influence was apparently not always welcome. I happened to get caught in the middle of a dispute on a contract classification between SAG-AFTRA and Disney Labor Relations which occurred while I was in-flight to work on the project and the associated commercial. I feel that I am at the top of my game, and I want all of you who love the Muppets to know that I would never consider abandoning Kermit or any of the others because to do so would be to forsake the assignment entrusted to me by Jim Henson, my friend and mentor, but even more, my hero.

Kermit was Henson's signature character, and the centerpiece of the Muppets franchise, from 1955 until 1990, and when he died, it was unthinkable for many to imagine someone else doing it. While some outlets immediately began the search for his replacement, Whitmire told THR in an interview today that he was sacked for being too outspoken. Henson was the original voice actor for the said character. At the same time, I also have insight into their limitations with respect to how well they know the Muppets.

"The role of Kermit the Frog is an iconic one that is beloved by fans and we take our responsibility to protect the integrity of that character very seriously", a spokesperson for The Muppets Studio said in a statement.

Disney fired Kermit the Frog's longtime puppeteer, and he is 'devastated'

The Muppets Studio did not detail the nature of Whitmire's "repeated unacceptable business conduct", but said it spanned "a period of many years", adding that "he consistently failed to address" his employers' feedback.

In addition to Kermit, Whitmire voiced Rizzo the Rat, one-half of grumpy critics Statler and Waldorf, and other Muppets characters.

Whitmire claimed he is still baffled by the decision.

Coast Guard rescues 4 during Lake Michigan boat race
One other person was rescued in the race at a little after midnight when they fell overboard from their yacht. The Coast Guard reminds boaters to always wear life jackets, and to carry flares and locator beacons.


Analysts Are Gushing Over Darling Ingredients Inc. (DAR), Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (CY)
A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. On August 15 JP Morgan left the company rating at "Overweight" but lowered the price target to $17.00 from $18.00.


Footage of young woman in miniskirt in Saudi Arabia prompts heated debate
According to the BBC , journalist Khaled Zian tweeted: 'The return of the Haia [religious police] here is a must'. Wael al-Gassim, the writer and philosopher, told the BBC he was "shocked to see those angry, scary tweets".


Conseillé:

  • Recaro-Kindersitz fällt bei Crashtests durch

    Recaro-Kindersitz fällt bei Crashtests durch

    Beim Crash löste sich beim Recaro-Sitz die Sitzschale von der Isofix-Station und flog in hohem Bogen durch das Prüflabor. Warum sich beim Nachfolgemodell Recaro SmartClick Base das Szenario nun widerholte wird nun intern zu klären sein.
    Alec Baldwin joins NBC's 'A Few Good Men'

    Alec Baldwin joins NBC's 'A Few Good Men'

    Aaron Sorkin , the man behind The Newsroom and The West Wing , wrote the play and film, and will also write NBC's live version. Baldwin takes on the role indelibly created on-screen by Jack Nicholson and originated by Stephen Lang in the Broadway play.
    New Doctor Who Showrunner Always Wanted A Female Doctor

    New Doctor Who Showrunner Always Wanted A Female Doctor

    An anxious day for thousands of Dr Who fans has ended with the news that Jodie Whittaker will replace Peter Capaldi as Dr Who .
  • Figé à 0% par une super-camisole algorithmique — Wall Street

    Figé à 0% par une super-camisole algorithmique — Wall Street

    Il est suivi de FedEx qui a annoncé que la cyberattaque de juin pourrait impacter ses résultats de 2018. Au contraire, General Cable gagne 9,06%.
    Tyga, CJ Wallace to Star in Rebooted 'Scream' Season 3

    Tyga, CJ Wallace to Star in Rebooted 'Scream' Season 3

    Additional executive producers are the late Wes Craven, Tony DiSanto, Liz Gateley, Marianne Maddalena and Cathy Konrad. The new season will air as a three-night event in March of next year.

    Insurers blast Senate health care provision as 'unworkable'

    Financial analysts have said this, insurance actuaries have said it, even the federal government has said it. One of the great follies of Obamacare is that it didn't allow insurance to function as insurance anymore.
  • US Aims to Eliminate Subsidies, Restrictions When Renegotiating NAFTA

    US Aims to Eliminate Subsidies, Restrictions When Renegotiating NAFTA

    In addition to reducing the trade deficit, the administration wants to insert a chapter on the digital economy into the deal. Lighthizer in May sent a letter to Congress notifying it of the administration's intent to initiate NAFTA renegotiations.
    MSU's basketball strength coach in crash that kills 2

    MSU's basketball strength coach in crash that kills 2

    Friday on southbound USA 23 north of Summerfield Road in Summerfield Township, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. Sources say the 37-year-old was arrested at the crash scene, and charged Friday for reckless driving.
    Trump Participates in 'Made in America' Showcase at the White House

    Trump Participates in 'Made in America' Showcase at the White House

    Walker's question came at the beginning of the Trump-initiated "Made in America" week, a time for focusing on US manufacturing. The White House's new theme is already taking flak from those pointing out the Trump Organization's business history .
  • The Destiny 2 beta kicks off tomorrow, known issues and content revealed

    The Destiny 2 beta kicks off tomorrow, known issues and content revealed

    Before that can happen though gamers will get a chance to try the title early thanks to a week-long beta that starts this week. Ebenger also teased that there would be various secrets hidden around Destiny 2's The Farm for users to discover as they play.
    Checkmate China: India-US-Japan Malabar exercise a message gift-wrapped for Beijing

    Checkmate China: India-US-Japan Malabar exercise a message gift-wrapped for Beijing

    The naval exercise featured 95 aircraft, 16 ships and two submarines, officials said in a statement. The helicopter from JN Sazanami undertook flying operations from INS Sahyadri and USS Shoup.

    The L-3 Communications Holdings (LLL) Earning Positive News Coverage, Accern Reports

    Thrivent Financial for Lutherans raised its stake in shares of L-3 Communications Holdings by 5.0% in the fourth quarter. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $166.31 and a 200 day moving average price of $163.43.


Populaire

First West Nile-Related Death of 2017 Reported in Tarrant County
The third case of West Nile virus for 2017 has been reported in Forrest County, Mississippi health officials said Monday. The DEP and County WNV staff are responding with additional surveillance and control as needed, a release states.

Ostia, terribile tromba d'aria in spiaggia: 10 feriti
Solo l'anno scorso un'intera spiaggia nella vicina Rosa Marina è stata sommersa dal fango. Si è reso necessario l'intervento sul posto del 118 con una automedica e 4 ambulanze .

Westwood Holdings Group Inc. Boosts Stake in Hubbell Inc (HUBB)
Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and one has assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The business had revenue of $852.30 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $848.70 million.

Kate Mara And Jamie Bell Announce Their Fantastic Marriage With Dreamy Pic
Mara revealed the news with a photo on Instagram that show her and the "Turn" actor kissing against a smoky background. Bell, 31, shared the same kissing shot on Twitter , writing: "Me & Mrs.

More Hurdles as Senate Again Delays Vote on GOP Health Bill
John McCain that he will be undergoing surgery, after reducing the Republicans votes on their trademark law. The AMA will soon issue a fuller response after thorough examination of the draft legislation.

Warner Bros. Plans to Officially Announce Wonder Woman Sequel at Comic-Con
Jenkins' movie, starring Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman is expected to sail past $390 million (£299 million) by Friday (21Jul17). Wonder Woman has enjoyed the best hold of any superhero film in more than 15 years since hitting theaters in early June.

KKR Elevates Two Executives as Part of Succession Planning
Nuttall will concentrate on credit, capital markets, hedge funds and fundraising, as well as the firm's balance sheet and strategic initiatives.

Chelsea offer Atletico star lucrative five-year deal
Whether the Blues send him out on a six-month loan and then sell him to the Spanish side is a question we will have to find out. Some have stated AC Milan has shown interest in Costa, but the Spaniard's heart may be set on a return to Atletico.

New home prices rise in Canada
A sales-to-new listings ratio between 40% and 60% is consistent with balanced housing market conditions, the association said. On a year-over-year basis, half of all local markets saw a decline in sales last month.

Ship Crushes Boat Before Running Into Bridge
The state Department of Transportation says lanes are blocked on the Ray Nitschke Memorial Bridge due to a marine bridge strike. A boat operator has been arrested after 10 people were left injured after they were thrown from a motor boat...