Matt Vogel Debuts As The Voice Of Kermit The Frog Following Controversial Muppets Shake-Up

Following the sudden firing of Steve Whitmire, the longtime voice of Kermit the Frog for The Muppets, new Kermit voice actor Matt Vogel has finally made his first appearance in a new online video.

Matt Vogel Debuts As The Voice Of Kermit The Frog Following Controversial Muppets Shake-Up

Whitmire, who worked with The Muppets since 1978, took over as the voice of Kermit after Jim Henson's death. When Vogel was announced as replacing Whitmire in July, there was no reason given for the departure, and his first video as Kermit was expected to debut the following week. However, Whitemire soon spoke out, saying he was fired rather unceremoniously nine months prior and was holding out hope that The Muppets Studio would change their minds.

"Doing what is best for the Muppets is the lens through which all my interactions have been filtered," Whitemire said. "Given the opportunity I remain willing to do whatever is required to remedy their concerns because I feel my continued involvement with the characters is in the best interest of The Muppets."

However, The Muppets Studio soon fired back, accusing Whitmire of "repeated unacceptable business conduct over a period of many years," with Cheryl Henson calling Whitmire a "bitter, angry, depressed, victim." It wasn't the meanest thing anyone involved with The Muppets ever said (that honor goes to Kermit's vicious insults at Miss Piggy near the end of Muppets Take Manhattan), but it was a close second.

Someone at The Muppet Studio must have realized that this sad public breakup didn't exactly put people in the mood to watch a heartwarming Kermit clip, so the video didn't debut as expected in July. It's hit the web now, as verified by website Deadline. Check it out below:

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