Kermit the Frog is getting a new voice

Posted at 3:40 PM, Jul 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-12 15:40:27-04

(YOUTUBE/ABC/FACEBOOK/CNN) - After 27 years, Kermit the Frog is getting a new voice.

Puppeteer Steve Whitmire will no longer voice Kermit the Frog.

Whitmire joined the Muppets in 1978 and has been the man behind the frog since taking over for creator Jim Henson in 1990.

Whitmire said he's always tried to keep Kermit true to Henson's original character.

Long-time Muppet performer Matt Vogel will take over voicing duties.

A spokesperson from the Muppets Studio did not offer a reason for the replacement.

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