Kevin Clash, the puppeteer famous for Elmo, has resigned from Sesame Street after allegations were made and then dismissed that he had an inappropriate relationship with an underage male. Sesame Workshops, the company that produces Sesame Street, released this statement:
“Sesame Workshop’s mission is to harness the educational power of media to help all children the world over reach their highest potential. Kevin Clash has helped us achieve that mission for 28 years, and none of us, especially Kevin, want anything to divert our attention from our focus on serving as a leading educational organization. Unfortunately, the controversy surrounding Kevin’s personal life has become a distraction that none of us want, and he has concluded that he can no longer be effective in his job and has resigned from Sesame Street. This is a sad day for Sesame Street.”
Kevin Clash also released his own statement:
“I am resigning from Sesame Workshop with a very heavy heart. I have loved every day of my 28 years working for this exceptional organization. Personal matters have diverted attention away from the important work Sesame Street is doing and I cannot allow it to go on any longer. I am deeply sorry to be leaving and am looking forward to resolving these personal matters privately.”
While I don’t usually report on these types of stories, and I am not going to comment on Clash’s relationship, I will say that it is very sad that he is resigning from Sesame Street. If you watch the film Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey, you will see that the man is a passionate puppeteer and it is all he had ever wanted to do with his life. It is amazingly sad that he is (in my opinion) being forced to resign. Elmo will not be the same.
Here’s hoping Kevin Clash all the best.