Kermit The Frog Finding A New Voice After 27 Years

Kermit the Frog's longtime puppeteer has left The Muppets

According to ToughPigs, veteran performer Steve Whitmire has left the popular Disney franchise.

Since his debut in 1955 on the early Henson puppet show Sam and Friends, Kermit has appeared in nearly every Muppet production.

But Vogel is also no stranger to the franchise, having also worked on the Muppets since the 1990s - including voicing several of the characters.

Both he and Muppet Studios have not said why he is dropping out. A Muppet Studio spokesperson confirmed to Deadline that Matt Vogel will replace Steve as the voice of Kermit. He has been the steady voice of the fan-favorite Muppet for over 27 years. His characters not only included Kermit the Frog but also Foo-Foo, Startler, Beaker, Lips, Rizzo the Rat, The Muppet Newsman, Link Hogthrob and Andy Pig.

Everyone does an impersonation of someone famous, including one caller this morning who proved that Kermit The Frog and Luke Bryan sound a whole lot alike!

Children's TV shows have survived changes in key cast members before, most notably when Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash resigned from "Sesame Street" in 2012 amid allegations that he sexually abused underage boys. He previously performed as Kermit imitator, Constantine, in the movie Muppets Most Wanted. He started in the late 1990's, so he has plenty of experience and passion that he'll bring to the role.