Hello and welcome back to our weekly roundup of what’s happening on stage and screen.
By accident, the theme of the roundup this week seems to be ‘taking over’. We’ll go on to report one actor taking over a historical character from another, Blake taking over from Bond, and the Brits taking over the Emmys. But first, it’s the turn of one voice actor to take over from another (who took over from the original). Confused? Let us explain.
Kermit The Frog has got a new voice. When creator Jim Henson died in 1990, voice artist Steve Whitmire took over and has been voicing the most famous Muppet in every appearance in the last 27 years. He also provides the voice of Ernie in ‘Sesame Street’. But now Whitmore has been fired by Muppet Studios (owned by Disney). Whitmore was told nine months ago but has kept quiet in the hope that the studios would change their mind. They didn’t. He went public and posted an open letter to fans as a blog post which has now been removed.
According to the BBC, Whitmore attributed the change to ‘issues’ and ‘concerns’ raised by the executives. He did not elaborate on what those might be. Whitmore’s post said, ‘I feel that I
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