Steve Whitmire, the long-time Muppeteer who had voiced Kermit the Frog since Jim Henson’s death in 1990, has been released by the Disney Company, Whitmire announced in his blog Thursday. Whitmire is supposedly devastated and believes he let Henson down. Whitmire will be replaced by another Muppets performer, Matt Vogel, who performs the Count, among other characters.
But that’s corporations. When they need something from you “WE’RE A FAMILY” but when you need some consideration or there’s money to be made, they will publicly crap on anyone/anything and proudly proclaim “WE’RE RUNNING A BUSINESS HERE”.
That’s a big assumption on your part. It may well be issues embarrassing to him.
For example [and I’m totally making this up, this is just an example] he may have a substance abuse problem that makes him a nightmare on set. You just don’t know. It doesn’t sound like a money issue because that wouldn’t be kept private.
Those who are slagging off Disney need to think that (a) it’s unlikely they have an issue with Whitmore’s voice performance, since there have been no complaints and (b) they have nothing to gain and everything to lose by this bad publicity.
There’s something behind this, and to me it makes far more sense that Whitemire has done something to cause the problem.
There’s also all this “so sorry I disappointed/failed my hero” stuff. How is getting fired over salary disappointing Henson? And you did the job almost 30 damn years - I doubt Henson expected a lifetime commitment. Definitely more going on than “Disney is evil”.