It’s official. Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo, has resigned from Sesame Street. It is a sad day for Elmo lovers of all ages.
I was a Sesame Street kid. I watched it everyday when I was little, and my favorite character, hands down, was Elmo. I remember my mom did a pretty spot on Elmo impression and would always use it to cheer me up. She would say “Elmo loves Katie!!” and it would make me smile every time. The character of Elmo has been around since I was born (technically, Elmo and I are the same age) and has a huge place in my heart. I had always hoped to share the same sort of thing with my future kiddos. I guess that’s not going to happen, and I’m kind of torn up about it.
Now, I’m not saying what Kevin Clash did was right or even true. The guy who accused him of statutory rape recanted one day later, but did irreversible damage to Clash’s career. Clash took an break from the show after the accusation, only to resign a week later after 28 years on the show. The Sesame Workshop released this statement on his resignation:
“The controversy surrounding Kevin’s personal life has become a distraction that none of us want,” leading Clash to conclude “that he can no longer be effective in his job.”
It’s truly unfortunate. Despite the recanting of the accusation, Clash still felt it better to just leave and keep the Sesame Street name clean. I feel that’s a sign of a genuine and good man, leaving something wholesome to keep it wholesome. Now what I want to know is, does Clash own Elmo? Or does the Sesame Workshop? Will we ever see that cute red Muppet again? [via Huffpost]