JIM HENSON's daughter says the guy who was just fired from playing Kermit had been portraying the character as, quote, "a bitter, angry, depressed victim" . . . and hadn't been funny for at least a few years.
Somehow, the KERMIT THE FROG controversy will NOT die down. Yesterday, two of JIM HENSON's children defended the firing of puppeteer Steve Whitmire, and had some pretty interesting reasons for letting him go.
Cheryl Henson said that lately, Steve had been portraying Kermit as, quote, "a bitter, angry, depressed victim." And over the past few years, he "had not been funny or fun." She also told Steve to, quote, "Stop with the pity party."
Meanwhile, Brian Henson said Steve was making "outrageous demands," and had a "destructive energy" around him. He added that Steve was unprofessional with colleagues, and that these problems were simmering for YEARS.
He didn't specify what demands Steve was making, but he said, quote, "Steve would use 'I am now Kermit and if you want the Muppets, you better make me happy because the Muppets are Kermit.' And that is really not OK."
Originally posted on July 19th, 2017