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Kevin Clash Says Goodbye to Elmo in Wake of Sex Abuse Allegation

Kevin Clash Says Goodbye to Elmo in Wake of Sex Abuse Allegation

It’s come to this. Little over a week following news that the subject of last year’s Sundance award-winning documentary “Being Elmo,” Kevin Clash — known the world over as the man behind Elmo on “Sesame Street” — took a surprise leave of absence from the show in the wake of allegations he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy (now a 23-year-old man who has since recanted his account), Clash has officially resigned from the show.

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In a statement released today, Sesame Workshop said: “Sesame Workshop’s mission is to harness the educational power of media to help all children the world over reach their highest potential. Kevin Clash has helped us achieve that mission for 28 years, and none of us, especially Kevin, want anything to divert our attention from our focus on serving as a leading educational organization. Unfortunately, the controversy surrounding Kevin’s personal life has become a distraction that none of us want, and he has concluded that he can no longer be effective in his job and has resigned from Sesame Street. This is a sad day for Sesame Street.”

Watch the trailer for “Being Elmo,” the documentary about Clash, below:

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The guy admits it was a lie, unfortunately, Clashes life is ruined.


A) Michael, being gay is as normal a lifestyle a being straight. You seem to display a real venom. And Smith, *maybe* the accusations are false? What was your first clue? When he said that they are?

Michael Hsu

It's terrible that for the past 28 years, little (impressionable) kids looked up to elmo thinking that he represented normal behabviour. Who knows what subliminable "alternative lifestyle" mannerisms were depicted by the elmo character due to the puppeteer's personal deviancies?


JC, sadly we don't know why he recanted. He could have been paid off the recant, or maybe the accusations are false but just the possibilities that something like this could have happebed are damaging enough.


Wow the accusations have been recanted but a beloved puppeteer and maker of dreams has decided to now out. If these allegations are false I am disgusted with that 23 year old! Absolute shame on you!!


… so the bully wins then …

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