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Happy Birthday, Bob is the name of at least two television specials celebrating the birthday of Bob Hope.


The NBC special for Hope's 75th birthday aired on May 29, 1978.

Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy appeared on the special to pay tribute to Hope. Piggy in particular expressed her romantic affections for "Roberto/Bobby," confessing that she and Hope share "that special relationship that happens only once between a man and a pig." Piggy plans to sing "Secret Love" as her tribute, but since Bob Hope is in the balcony, and she must look into someone's eyes, she coerces Kermit into serving as a proxy Bob. Typically, the rendition ends in chaos and a karate chop for Kermit.

Other guests included Pearl Bailey, Lucille Ball, George Burns, Charo, Donny and Marie Osmond, K.C. & the Sunshine Band, Fred MacMurray, Tony Orlando, George C. Scott, Elizabeth Taylor and Danny Thomas.[1]


The special for Hope's 80th birthday aired on May 23, 1983.

Kermit the Frog made an appearance to sing a duet of a reworked version of "Just the Way You Are" with Sheena Easton.


  1. Associated Press, "Bob Hope Birthday Fetes Set", The Press-Courier, May 21, 1978.

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