Steve Whitmire took over as the Muppets’ famous amphibian when Jim Henson died in 1990

Steve Whitmire, the puppeteer who was fired after 27 years as Kermit the Frog has said he is “devastated to have failed” Muppets founder and his mentor Jim Henson.

Whitmire has been with the Muppets since 1978, and took over as Kermit after Henson died in 1990. He wrote an emotional blog post in response to his firing a day after it was made public.

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