Briana Hansen
August 03, 2016 2:41 pm
PBS

For the past several decades, one of the best parts about Sesame Street (though there are many) are the wonderful human neighbors you can always count on to help the other characters on the street process their feelings or learn a lesson. And when HBO recently announced that it was saying goodbye to Bob (Bob McGrath), Luis (Emilio Delgado), and Gordon (Roscoe Orman), people seemed to take the news pretty hard.

But just yesterday, Jeff Dunn (the CEO of the Sesame Workshop) wrote a post on the show’s Facebook page that is giving us all hope:

Basically, his message assures us that he’s actively looking for ways of incorporating these beloved long-running characters back into the new show format.

He writes, “Over more than 40 seasons, Bob McGrath, Emilio Delgado and Roscoe Orman have made enormous contributions to both television and to the lives of preschoolers. They are, and always will be, a key part of the Sesame family.”

The shows written for the upcoming season simply don’t have storylines for these actors, which is why they were let go — but it was not meant to be a forever goodbye as they have plans to incorporate them into future seasons.

He explains, “I have been in touch with each of them to meet in person about how we best adapt their talents to the current content needs and preschool media landscape, in a way that honors their historic contributions.”

So, (while we may not be seeing as much of them) we’ll at least still get to see our familiar friends from time to time. 

Sesame Street has always been a completely magical place filled with learning and happiness, so it’s nice to hear that they’re still working hard to keep those ideals in place despite all the changes. It’s also nice to know that the family environment so many people feel while watching the show is reciprocated by the everyone involved in its creation and that they’re doing everything they can to keep the whole neighborhood together.

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