Steve Whitmire

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I started out as a major Muppet fan and was able to work that into being contacted by Jim Henson. I met a man named Caroll Spinney, who does Big Bird, at a puppetry festival in Atlanta. I was this 18-year-old kid, and he recruited me onto the Muppets at a time when the Muppets were really one of the biggest things on the planet – I mean, they were huge during The Muppet Show, so it was an incredible time to join. It was still quite a small company, and I got to work with the originators of those characters and then had the opportunity, under Jim, to originate many of my own.feedback
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Jul 21 2017 Disney
Steve Whitmire has most recently been quoted in an article called Ousted Kermit the Frog Actor Steve Whitmire Fears Disney Could 'Destroy' Iconic Character. Steve Whitmire said, “It's not something that can be taught, you know? Or at least not by anyone who hasn't gone through it. In an ideal world, what would happen in my case is what happened with Jim. I know the Hensons have said that I refused to have an understudy – and I don't want to have an understudy, because Jim never had understudies. What an understudy does in the meantime is develop their own characters, and by the time I die or retire, they're really too busy to do it anyway.”. Steve Whitmire has been quoted a grand total of 24 times in 8 articles.
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Jul 20 2017 - Disney

Jim Henson's creative spirit doesn't reside in a puppet. It's in my heart and my mind and the things that I know. So, unfortunately for the fans and for Disney, I'm kind of taking him with me.feedback

Jul 20 2017

It's an understatement to say I was surprised. I was devastated and shocked and totally without the ability to rationalize it. My goal was always to try to serve what was best for the Muppets. It always has been. That's sort of the filter I put everything through. So that's where I was headed, and I gave notes, but nobody was yelling and screaming.feedback

Jul 20 2017

The reaction of people of every age ... it's just overwhelming. I had to get past the point where I would tear up sometimes, you know, in order to just get through it. But even big burly grown crew people [would] start crying when they get their picture taken with Kermit, because it means so much.feedback

Jul 20 2017

I offered notes. I don't think that makes someone difficult.feedback

Jul 20 2017

I was stunned. It seemed like it was about five minutes of silence. I was just immediately trying to get an answer. Nothing had ever been framed to me as a career-breaking problem.feedback

Jul 20 2017

Nobody likes having these sharp cornered adjectives thrown at them. It was a huge shock … in terms of character stuff … it isn't true in my mind.feedback

Jul 19 2017

I wish that we could have sat down, looked each other in the eye, and discussed what was on their minds before they took such a drastic action. My father never asked him to perform Kermit. My brother Brian did.feedback

Jul 18 2017 - Disney

This is my life's work. The only thing I've done my whole adult life, and it's just been taken away from me. I just couldn't understand why we couldn't resolve this.feedback

Jul 17 2017 - Disney

I've been laying awake at night for nine months trying to empathize with a position of ending somebody's career over issues that seem to me to be so easily solved.feedback

Jul 17 2017 - Disney

They were uncomfortable with the way I had handled giving notes to one of the top creative executives on the series. Nobody was yelling and screaming or using inappropriate language or typing in capitals. It was strictly that I was sending detailed notes. I don't feel that I was, in any way, disrespectful by doing that.feedback

Jul 14 2017

For me the Muppets are not just a job, or a career, or even a passion. They are a calling, an urgent, undeniable, impossible to resist way of life. This is my life's work since I was 19 years old. I feel that I am at the top of my game, and I want all of you who love the Muppets to know that I would never consider abandoning Kermit.feedback

Jul 14 2017

I just want you all to know that I am sorry if I have disappointed any of you at any point throughout our journey, and to let everyone know that I am devastated to have failed in my duty to my hero.feedback

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