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Kevin Clash, Elmo’s longtime puppeteer and voice, resigns from ‘Sesame Street’ amid new boy sex allegations

Posted at 12:17 PM, Nov 20, 2012
and last updated 2012-11-20 12:25:24-05

Kevin Clash is the voice and puppeteer of the popular “Sesame Street” character Elmo.

Kevin Clash, the longtime puppeteer and voice of the beloved “Sesame Street” character Elmo, has resigned from the PBS children’s show amid a growing scandal involving underage boys.

“This is a sad day for Sesame Street,” Sesame Workshop said in announcing Clash’s resignation Tuesday. The resignation was first reported by The New York Times. The first accuser initially alleged Clash had a sexual relationship with him while he was underage, but then recanted the allegations.
Sesame Workshop, which produces “Sesame Street,” released this statement on Tuesday:”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.”

The New York Times reported that Clash had identified other puppeteers who could play Elmo, which he created, and others have filled in for him in his absence