Well, that’s that, then.
Just over a week since the first man who accused Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of engaging him in an “innapropriate relationship” as a teenager recanted, a second accusation has arisen with implications that more are on the way. Citing that his personal life has become a “distraction,” Clash has resigned from Sesame Workshop as of today.
Sad day for kids everywhere. Ironically, until the documentary “Being Elmo” last year, Clash was as anonymous as most other muppet performers, meaning that – since Sesame Workshop has confirmed that Elmo will continue to be part of the series under new performers – had this all happened a year or two ago it would’ve been able to do so without younger fans having to be aware of it.