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Published: Thu, July 13, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Kermit the Frog to Get a New Voice After 27 Years

Kermit the Frog to Get a New Voice After 27 Years

Since his debut in 1955 on the early Henson puppet show Sam and Friends, Kermit has appeared in nearly every Muppet production.

After Jim Henson died in 1990, he became the voice and puppeteer for two of the Muppets' most legendary characters-Kermit the Frog and Ernie from Sesame Street.

He will be making his first appearance on "Muppets Thought of the Week" next week, though it is unlikely you will be able to spot any difference to the actual voice.

Joe Hennes, the co-owner, senior contributor and editor of ToughPigs.com, a website for Muppet fans, said the reaction among fans has been cautiously optimistic.

Steve Whitmire, pictured with Kermit the Frog in 2003, has been replaced after voicing the iconic character since 1990.

Vogel's first footage as Kermit debuts next week in a "Muppets Thought of the Week" video. He has been the steady voice of the fan-favorite Muppet for over 27 years. However, it's not known why Steve, who has been with the Muppets since 1978, is departing the role. They are also concerned about what will happen to his other characters which he had inherited (like Beaker), and which he originated (like Rizzo).

Well, prepare to get to know a new Kermit as the current Kermit has quit. Vogel has previously worked as a Kermit impersonator in the movie "Muppets Most Wanted".

Vogel has been doing voice work for some time, too.

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