This is what the new Kermit the Frog voice sounds like

Listen to the New Voice of Kermit the Frog

Whitmire previously told The Hollywood Reporter that he wasn't sure about the direction Disney was taking the character of Kermit in saying they had "their limitations with respect to how well they know the Muppets".

Kermit's new man stars in the latest Muppets Thought of the Week video, published on YouTube on Monday.

Puppeteer Steve Whitmire was sacked from his 27-year gig as the voice of Kermit the Frog last year, but his departure was made public earlier this summer.

Whitmire took over the role of Kermit in 1990 after the death of Jim Henson but had worked in the Muppets universe since 1978. So needless to say, Vogel had the necessary credentials to take on the role of Kermit. That, coupled with the marginalization of The Muppets in the parks, we have to wonder what's next for Kermit and friends. "The decision to part ways was a hard one which was made in consultation with the Henson family and has their full support". "But, as I look around at what is presently transpiring it's clear to me that the job is far from done".

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Many commenters pointed out that Vogel sounds more like Muppets creator and original Kermit voice actor Jim Henson. EW asked the Disney-owned Muppets Studio for a response, but only got this generic statement.

"Steve performed Kermit as a bitter, angry, depressed victim", she wrote on Facebook, according to Page Six.

Steve Whitmire played the voice of the famous frog for 39 years but was dismissed by Disney back in July of this year. Vogel's tone is softer than Whitmire's, but he sounds just as friendly.

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