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Kermit The Frog Actor Says He Had 'No Advance Warning' Before Being Fired By Disney! See His Salty Interview!

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Steve Whitmire thought he was giving good creative notes… but that's none of his business anymore.

The longtime voice of Kermit the Frog opened up about being fired by Disney in an appearance on Today, responding to the claims that he had been "difficult" and "demanding" during his time on The Muppets.

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The puppeteer, who provided the voice of Kermit for the past 27 years, was completely blindsided when he learned the company was terminating his contract over "unacceptable business conduct," explaining:

"I was stunned. It seemed like it was five minutes of silence. I'm sure it wasn't that long. I just immediately tried to get answers. I had no advance warning on that."

The studio begs to differ. In a statement on Monday, The Muppets Studio claimed executives had "raised concerns" about Steve's behavior "over a period of many years and he consistently failed to address the feedback."

But the 58-year-old, who began working with The Muppets in the late ‘70s, still claims he was caught off guard, continuing:

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Muppets Drama! Disney Fires Kermit The Frog Voice Actor Over 'Unacceptable Business Conduct'!

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It ain't easy being an outspoken voice actor!

Last week, it was announced that Steve Whitmire was being replaced by Matt Vogel as the voice of Kermit the Frog.

And like all showbiz shakeups, the recasting didn't come without some drama!

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After Whitmire revealed the Muppets Studio had fired him back in October, the studio clapped back saying their "decision to part ways" was due to Whitmire's "unacceptable business conduct."

Muppets Studio confirmed in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter:

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Romances Miss Piggy (And The Rest Of Us) On The Muppets — Along With THIS Rocking Guest Star!

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Watch out, Kermit! Joseph Gordon-Levitt is coming for your pig!

The Walk star will be playing himself on an upcoming episode of The Muppets, and will find himself involved in a poker night with Scooter, Pepe, and the "cool" clique of the muppet gang!

JGL is no stranger to Jim Henson's creations — he's set to star and produce in the upcoming Fraggle Rock movie!

But the actor isn't the only star who will grace his presence on the December 1 episode of the ABC comedy!

Photo: JGL Goes Full On Drag In Todrick Hall's Mean Girls Parody!

Dave Grohl will also play himself in the episode, and will be challenging Animal to an old school drum off!

This won't be the first Muppet experience for The Foo Fighters frontman either. He appeared in the 2011 feature film as Animool — Animal's counterpart in the knock off Moopets!

Titled "Going, Going, Gonzo," the episode will also mark the Muppets revival debut of the Great Gonzo — Gonzo's adrenaline seeking alter ego!

Are YOU watching The Muppets Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC?

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Jim Henson's Wife And Muppets Collaborator Jane Henson Dies Of Cancer

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Jim Henson’s wife and fellow puppeteer Jane Jenson has passed away.

The Muppets’ collaborator died at age 78 in her Connecticut home yesterday due to her battle with cancer.

She and her husband met in the mid-1950s at the University of Maryland and were partners throughout the development of The Muppets. The couple split in 1986. Jim passed in 1990. Both are survived by their five children: Lisa, Cheryl, Brian, John and Heather.

So so sad! Our thoughts are with her family.

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Henson Co. To Animate A New Kind Of Frog!

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Don't freak out! Henson is NOT re-inventing Kermit or taking him away from his real-life puppet world…

BUT, the company is creating an animated version of the classic 1970's Toad and Frog tales that were written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel!

Toad and Frog are two very different amphibian friends who, through every-day experiences, share

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Rango Writer Gets Down At Fraggle Rock

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It's finally happening!!

Fraggle Rock — which has been stuck in development hell for years — is getting a script!!

Rango writer Jim Byrkit and newcomer Alex Manugian will team up to transform the musical muppet kids show into a full-length feature for New Regency films.

We already told you Scissor Sisters will do the soundtrack and now another huge piece of the puzzle is falling into place! Yes!!

We can't believe it's been almost 30 years since Jim Henson first danced our cares away with those lovable Fraggles!

Do U think they can sweet-talk Rango star Johnny Depp into making an appearance??

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Guillermo Del Toro Agrees To Direct Stop-Motion Animated Pinocchio

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Cool news for fans of Guillermo Del Toro.

We've known that the filmmaker has been busy producing the stop-motion animation version of Pinocchio for some time, but now he's signed on to direct it!

He's replacing Gris Grimly — the author of a 2002 book of which the movie is based on — to co-direct with Mark Gustafson. Jim Henson Company producer Lisa Henson has welcomed Del Toro's presence behind the camera and said:

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