Newswire: Brian Henson says he wishes he’d fired Kermit performer 13 years ago

The controversy around Kermit The Frog actor Steve Whitmire’s firing continues to be brought to you by the letter “O” and the syllables “-h shit, it’s getting nasty,” with Jim Henson Company chairman Brian Henson getting even more specific today about accusations of unprofessional behavior against Whitmire during his tenure as the beloved amphibian. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Henson went so far as to say he wishes he’d fired Whitmire 13 years ago, before selling The Muppets to Disney, noting, “I feel pretty guilty that I burdened Disney by not having recast Kermit at that point because I knew that it was going to be a real problem.”

Henson says problems with Whitmire—who he helped hire for the role after his father’s death in 1990—started as early as the mid-’90s. His biggest accusation against the puppeteer and voice actor was …

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