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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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The Jim Henson Company Cuts Ties With Chick-Fil-A Over Its Anti-Gay Agenda!

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We couldn't be more proud of our beloved Muppets!

Although the Jim Henson Company had partnered with Chick-Fil-A this month to release make-your-own-puppet kits as the toy given with kid's meals, the production studio has announced today that they will no longer be associated with the fast food chain due to its public confirmation that they do not support gay rights…and spend $2 million funding organizations fighting same-sex marriage!

According to a statement on Henson's Facebook page:

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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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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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The Muppet Influence Hits TV! New Jim Henson Puppet Comedy Headed To NBC!

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We're SO glad that Jim Henson Studios is having this resurgence!

With all the well-earned hype surrounding the upcoming Muppets movie, we're NOT surprised that TV networks are starting to jump on the bandwagon!

That's right, folks! It's not another Muppet Show, but

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