Sesame Street

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Sesame Street Addresses Issue of Parental Addiction

Elmo's new friend has a mother with a problem

(Newser) - Sesame Street is taking a new step to try to help kids navigate life in America—it's tackling the opioid crisis. Sesame Workshop is exploring the backstory of Karli, a bright green, yellow-haired friend of Elmo's whose mother is battling addiction. The initiative is part of the Sesame... More »

Wait ... What Did Grover Say?

Some think the puppet dropped an F-bomb

(Newser) - Production of Sesame Street moved from PBS to HBO a couple of years ago. Could it be that the cable network famous for series like The Sopranos and Deadwood has retooled the long-running kids show to make it more consistent with its other programming? Case in point: Sesame Street’s... More »

Meet Sesame Street's First Homeless Muppet

Lily's new storyline involves her family losing their home

(Newser) - For the first time in its nearly 50-year history, Sesame Street will have a homeless Muppet character. Lily, a character first introduced as a hungry, impoverished little girl in 2011, is now involved in a storyline involving her family becoming homeless and having to stay with friends, CNN reports. For... More »

After 50 Years, a Final Bow for Original Big Bird

Caroll Spinney retires from 'Sesame Street'

(Newser) - Big Bird is flying the coop. Caroll Spinney, the 84-year-old puppeteer who's portrayed Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street since the show's premiere in 1969, announced his retirement Wednesday, telling the New York Times that the physical requirements have become too much for him. Still,... More »

Sesame Workshop Forced to Clarify Bert-Ernie Relationship

They're just friends, and have no sexual orientation

(Newser) - After years of speculation on the sexuality of Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie, Sesame Workshop has been forced to make an official statement on the matter. It started when Mark Saltzman, a writer on the show for 14 years, told Queerty , "I always felt that without a huge... More »

Sesame Street Sues Over Film With 'Ejaculating Puppets'

Trailer suggests Sesame's endorsement, suit claims

(Newser) - The first trailer for an R-rated movie starring Melissa McCarthy and a bunch of drug-sniffing, sex-crazed puppets notes it's "No Sesame. All Street." But the makers of Sesame Street aren't sure viewers will get the message. Sesame Workshop, which produces the kids show, is suing STX... More »

Sesame Street's Newest Character Is a First

'Julia' has autism

(Newser) - Folks on Sesame Street have a way of making everyone feel accepted. That certainly goes for Julia, a Muppet youngster with blazing red hair, bright green eyes—and autism. Rather than being treated like an outsider, often the plight of kids on the spectrum, Julia is one of the gang,... More »

Sesame Street Moves Down the Block to HBO

But PBS, which has aired the show since 1969, isn't left out in the cold

(Newser) - In addition to their ABCs and 123s, kids watching Sesame Street will now also become familiar with H-B-O. The cable network has announced a new partnership with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind the TV show, that means the next five seasons will air exclusively on HBO and via its streaming... More »

Sesame Street Losing 44-Year Veteran This Season

Sonia Manzano, who plays Maria, to take on 'new endeavors'

(Newser) - "It's the end of an era on Sesame Street," reports CNN . Sonia Manzano, who plays Fix-It Shop owner Maria, is retiring from the show after 44 years. Manzano, who made the announcement at the American Library Association Annual Conference this week, first appeared on the series in... More »

'Big Bird' Almost Went Up in Challenger Shuttle

'It made my scalp crawl to think I was supposed to be on that'

(Newser) - Big Bird was almost a passenger on the doomed Challenger space shuttle in 1986. Caroll Spinney, who has played the Sesame Street character for 46 years, has a new documentary—I Am Big Bird—and he discussed the dark tidbit while discussing the film with Today . NASA thought that if... More »

You Must See the New Yorker's DOMA Cover

Bert and Ernie tableau makes headlines

(Newser) - Odds are you have, at some point in your life, made a joke about Bert and Ernie's sexuality. Well, a just-revealed New Yorker cover takes those jokes to the next level, making them downright sweet. Titled "Bert and Ernie's Moment of Joy," the image is intended,... More »

30K Flock to White House Egg Roll

Event features celebrities, corporate sponsors

(Newser) - The Obamas welcomed thousands of people to the South Lawn today for the White House's annual Easter egg roll, standing alongside the Easter Bunny and such less-heralded mascots as Colby Carrot and Eric Eggplant, USA Today reports. Messrs. Carrot and Eggplant, of course, were there to help in Michelle... More »

Accuser No. 4 Emerges in 'Elmo' Sex Scandal

Latest 'John Doe' files lawsuit against Kevin Clash

(Newser) - The "Elmo" sex scandal shows no signs of going away: Kevin Clash, the former puppeteer of the popular Sesame Street character, has been hit with yet another lawsuit alleging he had sexual relations with a minor. Accuser No. 4, so far not identified, claims he met Clash when he... More »

Third Man Accuses Elmo Puppeteer of Teen Sex

John Doe plans lawsuit against Kevin Clash

(Newser) - Yet another accuser has stepped forward alleging former Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash had sex with him when the accuser was underage. John Doe, accuser No. 3, says he was 16 in 2000 when he met Clash on a gay chat line and ended up at the older man's apartment... More »

Kevin Clash: Much More Than Just the Voice of Elmo

Puppeteer handled a lot more than just the puppet for 'Sesame Street'

(Newser) - With Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash gone amid underage sex accusations, an intimate Sesame Street family has a gaping hole to fill. Clash didn't just voice the little red puppet: The multiple Emmy Award winner was the show's "Muppet leader," helped fix technical issues, traveled far and... More »

Elmo Puppeteer Resigns as New Allegations Emerge

Another man says Kevin Clash had sex with him when he was underage

(Newser) - Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash has resigned from Sesame Street after 28 years spent voicing the popular character, the New York Times reports. A 24-year-old man came forward last week accusing Clash of having sex with him when he was just 16 and Clash was 45, and now TMZ reports that... More »

Elmo Accuser Recants His Recant

Sheldon Stephens goes back to original story

(Newser) - The Sesame Street sex scandal is indeed far from over : Sheldon Stephens, the 23-year-old who says Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash had sex with him when he was 16 and Clash was 45, recanted those allegations last week—but now he's recanting his recant, TMZ reports. Over the weekend, TMZ... More »

Accuser of Elmo Puppeteer Recants

Their relationship was adult and consensual, he says

(Newser) - The Elmo sex scandal is no more. The man who said he had a sexual relationship with puppeteer Kevin Clash while still a minor has recanted, reports the New York Times . "He wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship,... More »

Graphic Email From 'Elmo' to Accuser Leaked

'I'm sorry I keep talking about sex,' Kevin Clash wrote

(Newser) - Much as you might wish it would go away, the Sesame Street sex scandal goes on: Now TMZ has an email from Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash to his accuser, who claims he had a sexual relationship with Clash when he was just 16 and Clash was 45. But the email... More »

Elmo Puppeteer Hit With Underage Sex Allegations

He says he's innocent, takes leave from Sesame Street

(Newser) - Kevin Clash, the man who's lent Elmo his voice since 1984, has taken a leave of absence from Sesame Street amid accusations from a 23-year-old man who says Clash had sex with him when he was 16 and Clash was 45. Clash admits he had a relationship with his... More »

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