Jill Layton
July 30, 2016 7:55 am
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Sad news straight from our favorite childhood street. Three beloved original cast members of Sesame Street have been let go.

Bob McGrath (Bob), Emilio Delgado (Luis) and Roscoe Orman (Gordon) have been fired from the classic children’s show after 45 years.

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This isn’t the first major change that’s happened to Sesame Street. Last fall, the long-running series moved from PBS over to HBO (with re-airs continuing on PBS), and went from being an hour-long show to a half hour.

Earlier this month, McGrath told an audience at Florida Supercon that he and his two fellow castmates have been “graciously let go,” according to The Muppet Cast podcast. 

“I have completed my 45th season this year,” McGrath said. “And the show has gone under a major turn around, now going from an hour to a half-hour.”

“I have completed my 45th season this year,” McGrath said. “And the show has gone under a major turn around, now going from an hour to a half-hour.”

It sounds like it’s been done with the reverence and respect these actors deserve, though it’s still difficult to believe.

“HBO has gotten involved also,” he added. “And so they let all of the original cast members go, with the exception of Alan Muraoka [who plays Alan, the owner of Hooper’s store], who is still on the show and who is probably 20 years younger than the rest of us, and Chris Knowings [who plays Chris], who is also young and they are terrific, wonderful people.”

“HBO has gotten involved also,” he added. “And so they let all of the original cast members go, with the exception of Alan Muraoka [who plays Alan, the owner of Hooper’s store], who is still on the show and who is probably 20 years younger than the rest of us, and Chris Knowings [who plays Chris], who is also young and they are terrific, wonderful people.”

Sesame Street tweeted what seems like a response and insisted that the three actors remain “a beloved part of the Sesame family and continue to represent us at public events.” 

We are sad to see them go. It is definitely the end of a beautiful era.

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