Kermit changes his tune as voice actor steps down
The puppeteer who has voiced and controlled the Muppets' Kermit the Frog has departed the show after nearly 30 years.
Steve Whitmire has been the man behind the lovably nasal character since 1990 in the various Muppets TV programmes and films, but has left the role and will be replaced by puppeteer Matt Vogel.
A spokesman for the Muppets Studio said: "We can confirm that Steve Whitmire is no longer performing Kermit the Frog and that Matt Vogel will perform Kermit."
The reason for the Kermit star's departure has not been revealed. Whitmire had been in control of Kermit since 1990 following the death of Muppets creator Jim Henson.