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Kermit the Frog, in his long career, has often functioned as a reporter. The earliest, most frequent, and most famous stint was on Sesame Street, as TV news correspondent for the Sesame Street News Flash segments. Kermit has appeared in reporter attire, including suit, trench coat and fedora, in several productions and merchandise over the years.
The casting history has been consistent with Kermit the Frog. Jim Henson originated the role in 1971 and continued it until his death in 1990. Steve Whitmire continues the role to this day, picking up the trench-coated puppet for the first time in 1992.
Kermit's news broadcasts would usually open with the camera cutting to him while engaged in off-screen conversation or facing the wrong way, unaware that he was on the air. Kermit would begin his reports with his classic "Hi-ho, Kermit the Frog here".
With microphone in hand, Kermit's reporting duties were first established on Sesame Street in the Sesame Street News Flash bulletins. Each skit featured a breaking news report from him on the street as he interviewed various characters: including Don Music, Dr. Nobel Price, assorted storybook characters, and historical figures.
Early on, Kermit appeared as a reporter in a handful of impromptu Muppet & Kid Moments on a real city street. In one of these segments, he interviewed Julia about the sounds animals make, however Kermit is not amused by her "Wiggit! Wiggit!" frog call. In another segment, he interviews John-John on pretty much the same subject, though also teaching the concepts of loud and soft.
Kermit appeared as a reporter in the film Follow that Bird. He gave a news report about Big Bird's planned return to Sesame Street. Although it was not specifically stated, it is probable that he was reporting for a news program other than "Sesame Street News" (evident by the fact that the newscaster mispronounced "Sesame Street" as "Se Same Street" when announcing the fact that Big Bird was planning on returning to Sesame Street). In Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting, three new Sesame Street News segments were created, featuring Kermit on location to ask the question of the day, "Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?"
In 1996, in Elmo Saves Christmas, Kermit appears in a brand-new Sesame Street News Flash with him reporting on the Christmas shopping craze, eventually leading to a man trying to purchase his microphone.
In 1998, Slimey the Worm traveled on a space mission, and Kermit reported on the worm's moon landing.
In 1999, in CinderElmo, Kermit appears to report at the princess's ball, wearing a more period-appropriate version of his reporter attire.
Kermit's last news report on Sesame Street was in 2001, when he teamed up with Al Roker to report on a hurricane that came to Sesame Street in a five-part episode.
Kermit has also appeared in a few sketches in his reporter attire but apparently not giving any news reports or coverage. These segments include a skit from the 1980s in which Kermit rode on an elevator operated by Count von Count, the song "Subway", and a cameo in the song "Forty Blocks From My Home".
The Muppet Show
Kermit appeared on The Muppet Show seven times in reporter garb. His attire was the same as his other reporter stints, except without his illustrious fedora. Kermit brought breaking news reports to viewers from the Planet Koozebane or interviewed guest stars (in or out of character).
Kermit reported on the courtships of the male and female Koozebanian creatures, and in the process covered the first televised Koozebanian mating ritual, the Galley-oh-hoop-hoop in episode 107 (an event later illustrated in The Muppet Show Book).
As a reporter, Kermit interviewed the Koozebanian Phoob in episode 205. The Phoob blends in with his environment and quickly turns into Kermit, even wearing the exact same trench coat. He subsequently interviewed the Koozebanian Spooble, a creature who is made entirely out of liquid, in episode 223.
On The Don Lane Show, Kermit appears in his reporter garb in a satellite interview.
In The Great Muppet Caper, Kermit played the role of a crack investigative reporter for the Daily Chronicle. Accompanied by fellow journalist (and twin brother) Fozzie Bear and their photographer Gonzo, Kermit investigates the theft of Lady Holiday's valuable diamond necklace. He is seen wearing his typical TV garb of suit, trench coat and fedora, but with a bow tie replacing the necktie.
In 2006 Kermit donned his reporter trench coat to do live backstage reporting from the TV Land Awards. The backstage coverage, which was hosted by Kermit and Tom Arnold, was available online (TVland.com) following the show.
When Charlie Gibson anchored his final broadcast in December 2009, Kermit appeared in his reporter garb in a clip reel to bid the journalist farewell.
Kermit also reported on "The Muppets Y Games" for The Muppets Kitchen with Cat Cora in 2010.
When the Muppets returned to Good Morning America on March 13, 2012 to promote the home video release of The Muppets, Kermit reported from Central Park looking to interview a newt (Newt Gingrich) and a baseball mitt (Mitt Romney).
A Reporter Kermit Sigma mug was produced. The mug was in the shape of Kermit's head, with a reporters' hat, a trench coat collar, and microphone in hand. The slip in the hat said "Muppet News".
Another company made a plastic cup, with his hat as a removable lid with a straw.
In 1981 a Reporter Kermit plush doll was produced by Fisher-Price. The Kermit doll wore a trench coat and blue necktie.
- Sesame Street (1971-2001)
- The Muppet Valentine Show
- The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence
- The Muppet Show
- Today (January 12, 1977)
- The Great Muppet Caper
- Follow that Bird
- National Wildlife Federation commercial (1987)
- The Sesame Street Special
- Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting
- Good Morning America (April 21, 1992 and March 13, 2012)
- Elmo Saves Christmas
- The 4th Annual TV Land Awards (March 22, 2006)
- Ford (2007 online appearance)
- Disney Xtreme Digital
- The Muppets Kitchen with Cat Cora
- Daybreak (June 11, 2012)
- Kermit wore his trench coat and fedora in The Muppet Show episode 414, in the role of Kermit the Frog, Private Eye. An animated version of private eye Kermit appeared on Little Muppet Monsters, wearing the same costume.
- Kermit also wore his trench coat when taking on a Humphrey Bogart persona, as seen in The Muppet Movie, during the "Never Before, Never Again" sequence and in the Casablanca spoof in The Muppets Go to the Movies, among other occasions.