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by Nigel M Smith
November 20, 2012 12:18 PM
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Kevin Clash Says Goodbye to Elmo in Wake of Sex Abuse Allegation

Director Constance Marks with Kevin and Elmo. Photo courtesy of Submarine Deluxe.

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.

READ MORE: INTERVIEW | It's Good to Be Elmo: Kevin Clash and Constance Marks Talk About "Being Elmo"

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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  • Barry | November 20, 2012 6:10 PMReply


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

  • Dan | November 20, 2012 5:54 PMReply

    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?

  • Will | November 21, 2012 10:28 AM

    'Abnormal' does not mean 'wrong' any more than 'normal' means 'right' so I do wish people would stop using them that way. All it means is that something is inside or outside the majority. 1-2% of the world's population has red hair, a genetic difference just like homosexuality, so that's 'abnormal.' Do they need to all be fixed, imprisoned, or killed because of it? Their hair colour is about as relevant to anything as a person's sexuality.

  • James | November 21, 2012 12:30 AM

    If you think being gay is as normal as being straight, you are a complete idiot.

  • Boston | November 20, 2012 7:18 PM

    Don't feed the trolls. Or the ignorant. Whichever he is. Possibly both.

  • Andy | November 20, 2012 7:16 PM

    Being gay is "as normal" as being straight? Uh, no. It's not. Being gay approximates 2% of the human population. I'd say the norm is a solid 97 or 98% of humanity.

  • Michael Hsu | November 20, 2012 4:45 PMReply

    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?

  • Kristin | November 20, 2012 11:55 PM

    Good one.

  • Darren Baker | November 20, 2012 10:33 PM

    I don't care if he does turn my kids queer, just as long as he don't teach them no made-up words!!

  • Smith | November 20, 2012 3:00 PMReply

    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.

  • Becca | November 20, 2012 2:43 PMReply

    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!!

  • Erbear | November 20, 2012 2:50 PM

    ALSO!!!! A second accusor has come forward, this whole thing is just gross! What people do for money or fame. You do not have to have any talent to be famous, look at the Kardasians, their fame was ignited by a sex tape.

  • Will | November 20, 2012 1:10 PMReply

    ... so the bully wins then ...

  • Will | November 21, 2012 7:34 AM

    MICA - stuff it - I'm a homosexual and the least depraved person I know - 'depraved' and 'sick' are the childish ignorant terms used by people who fall blindly for the media's representation of us - sadly most people DO fall for THAT - the guy was of age - the guy recanted - nothing should have changed - grow up - the world is bigger than you

  • Mica | November 21, 2012 12:33 AM

    Well "bully" "homophobe" "hater" and such are the childish name-calling tactics designed to keep people's minds off of just how depraved and sick homosexuality is. Thankfully, most people don't fall for it.

  • Erbear | November 20, 2012 2:44 PM

    who REALLY knows what happened....maybe he paid off the accusor, maybe the fired Clash, etc... Who really knows the truth, this could be something they are covering up.

    Or on another hand, this is PBS....they survive mostly by donations (of sorts) there could have been threats of "pledge" withdrawls if he was not removed.

  • JC | November 20, 2012 2:08 PM

    BOB - Of course, if you read things carefully above, you would see that the man who accused him has recanted...

  • Bob | November 20, 2012 1:30 PM

    It is far too early to say these people are 'bullying' Kevin Clash. He could be entirely innocent of the charges or he could be a monster.