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They really don’t look at me when they see Elmo. They run to Elmo because it’s a friend of theirs that they’ve been talking to and communicating with and singing with for so many years. We’ve found that the delusion is not broken by seeing us puppeteers. – Kevin Clash

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If you’re not ridiculously excited about Ricky Gervais being the human star of Muppets Most Wanted, you’re wrong.

There’s always going to be someone saying to you that you might not succeed with it, you might not make any money with that…there’s always going to be some kind of obstacle in the way. All of those little things will go away if you really focus on what makes you happy.

-Kevin Clash, Puppeteer of Elmo.

Elmo puppeteer, Kevin Clash, resigns in aftermath of sexual allegations

New York Times: Kevin Clash, the longtime voice and puppeteer behind ‘Sesame Street’s’ Elmo, has resigned following allegations that he had an underage sexual relationship. The sexual allegations, which Sesame Workshop previously said were unfounded, were made public last Monday, before they were taken back by a 24-year-old man who remains anonymous.


In a statement released today, Sesame Workshop says: “The controversy surrounding Kevin’s personal life has become a distraction that none of us want, and he has concluded that he can no longer be effective in his job and has resigned from Sesame Street. This is a sad day for Sesame Street.”

Read more updates on this story on BreakingNews.com.

Photo via Today Show

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If you have fifteen minutes to spare, I implore you to watch this. It’s Dave Goelz, Frank Oz, Kevin Clash, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt and Steve Whitmire singing a medley of all Jim Henson’s favorite songs at Jim’s memorial. It’s funny, touching, sweet, and heart wrenching.

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One of tomorrow’s guests is red, furry, 3, and yes, he’s interviewed Neil Patrick Harris. He also has his own theme song. (Kevin Clash and Elmo are our guests.)

I have some really awful news for you guys. Kevin Clash has officially resigned from Sesame Street.

In a statement released Tuesday to The New York Times, Sesame Workshop said, “None of us, especially Kevin, want anything to divert our attention from our focus on serving as a leading educational organization. Unfortunately, the controversy surrounding Kevin’s personal life has become a distraction that none of us want, and he has concluded that he can no longer be effective in his job and has resigned from Sesame Street. This is a sad day for Sesame Street.“

You can read the entire article for more details, and I’m sure (while the transition will be shaky) Sesame will be fine in the long run.

But this is still a really depressing moment. I don’t know about all of you, but I grew up with Elmo. I watched Elmo’s World every weekday morning and afternoon. Elmo taught me so much, and as I grew I only ever gained the sincerest amount of respect for Kevin and the amazing work that he did for Sesame and the Muppets over the years. I can’t imagine Sesame without him.

This is a sad day indeed.

Kevin Clash, the voice and puppeteer who for 28 years has made Sesame Street’s Elmo come alive for kids, has resigned because “the controversy surrounding [his] personal life has become a distraction,” Sesame Workshop said this morning.

Last week, Clash went on leave after a now-adult man alleged that they had a sexual relationship when the accuser was still a minor. Clash denied they had a relationship when the other man was underage. The accuser later recanted, then reversed himself and said he had been pressured to drop the accusation.

Today, a second accuser filed a suit alleging that he also had a sexual relationship with Clash when he (the accuser) was a minor, his attorney tells The Associated Press. TMZ.com broke the news of the second accusation.

— via The Two Way, Breaking News from NPR

Click here for the Fresh Air interview with Kevin Clash

Photo credit: Scott McDermott/Being Elmo