Kermit the Frog to get new voice actor as longtime puppeteer out

There’s a frog in a lot of throats across the country as news circulates that Kermit the Frog is getting a new voice.

ABC News and The Hollywood Reporter report Steve Whitmire has left his role giving life to the iconic green Muppet. Whitmire has voiced and made the character move since Muppets creator Jim Henson’s 1990 death.

A Muppets Studio spokeswoman told the outlets that longtime Muppets performer Matt Vogel will be taking over the role. Vogel has voiced Big Bird, Robin the Frog and The Count.

Joe Hennes, the co-owner of ToughPigs.com, a website for Muppets fans, said the reaction has been cautiously optimistic.

“They’re obviously sad about the news but they’re excited to see what’s going to happen,” he said.

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