Kremit the Frog to be voiced by Matt Vogel

Kremit the Frog to be voiced by Matt Vogel

The puppeteer behind Kermit the Frog has quit the show, after almost 30 years manning one of the most iconic Muppets.

The 57-year-old puppeteer inherited the iconic role in 1990 following the death of Jim Henson - who created "The Muppets" - but will no longer lend his vocal talents to the high-pitched amphibian.

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In a post on his personal blog, verified as Whitmire's site by The Hollywood Reporter, he told fans he was sorry they were let down.

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Reactions to the change have been mixed, with fans leaving comments on social media asking for Muppet owners Disney to reveal the reason behind Whitmire's exit.

The puppeteer who has voiced and controlled the Muppets' Kermit the Frog has departed the show after almost 30 years. "We wish him well in his future endeavors". But going forward, long-time Muppet performer Matt Vogel will take over the role. "For me The Muppets are not just a job, or a career, or even a passion", Whitmire wrote.

Kermit looks to have been left in capable hands, though, as Matt played Constantine, an evil mastermind and near-exact double of Kermit, in the 2014 movie "Muppets Most Wanted", which also featured Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey. Though Whitmire offered "multiple remedies" to the studio executives' issues in hopes that they would "reverse their course", they went ahead with the decision to recast. "Doing what is best for the Muppets is the lens through which all my interactions have been filtered".

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