Okay, so as you can tell by our previous post on the firing of Kermit the Frog’s voice actor, Steve Whitmire, we’re pretty emotionally involved in this situation – because, I mean, it’s Kermit. You’ve always got to have Kermit’s back.
Over the past week or so, are war has waged on between Whitmire and the producers of The Muppets after he was fired. After the news had broken, Whitmire created a brand new blog to post his sadness over the shock decision, and the guilt he feels after failing his predecessor, Jim Henson.
Now, another fighter has entered the ring, in the form of Jim Henson’s daughter, Cheryl Henson. Henson took to Facebook earlier on in the week to address the news, as well as the Whitmire’s blog posts. On her page, she denies the claims that Whitmire was chosen by her father, and that his Kermit was not the vision her father had for the frog.
Steve’s performance of Kermit has strayed far away from my father’s good-hearted, compassionate leader of the Muppets. Steve performed Kermit as a bitter, angry, depressed victim. Worst of all, in the past few years, he had not been funny or fun. Recasting Kermit is long overdue.
Of course, Whitmire felt the need to respond to Cheryl’s message and wrote another blog post on the subject. In this response, he also posted a passage from an article written in 1990 which features an interview with Jim Henson’s widow, Jane Henson. In this interview, she said that Jim had ‘essentially chosen’ his successor. Although he did not mention Whitmore’s name, Steve stands by the fact that he was the chosen one.
He finished his post with a message to Cheryl and the Kermit fans out there, saying that he loves ‘Jim as a friend and mentor, while Cheryl loves him as a father. Don’t judge her emotional posts too harshly.’
He then addressed the evolution of Kermit the Frog and wrote that he tried to address this issue with the Muppet producers.
I hope all of you and Cheryl, too, can understand that being outspoken about these very character issues to the top creative executives on the ABC series is at the core of the number one issue stated to me for my termination by The Muppets Studios.
The Muppets Studio confirmed on Monday that Steve Whitmire’s contract had been terminated because of his ‘unacceptable business conduct.’
Well, now we don’t know which side we’re on.