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Joey Mazzarino leaving Sesame Street

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Pig's Laundry, Sep 9, 2015.

  1. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Sad news today, yet another cast member on Sesame Street is leaving the show. Head writer and Muppeteer Joey Mzzarino is leaving the show after 25 years. Confirmed via Mazzarino's Facebook.
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2015
  2. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

    What is the reason for Joey leaving the Sesame Street?
  3. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    We don't have one yet. Which makes this kinda... cryptic, possibly worrisome.
  4. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    I guess Matt Vogel played the Murray impostor in this clip. He would make a good replacement for Joey.
  5. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    I hope it's nothing to do with his health or the move to HBO. Perhaps he just wasn't getting to spend enough time with his family.
  6. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Which is exactly why I say worrisome. Not because something bad's happening, but because of the possibilities of what it could be. Speculation causes panic, and usually the end result is something far less severe.

    What's going to be the devil in the speculation is the HBO deal. The narrative is too good not to speculate upon. Was there something sinister about the deal that Joey felt was not right and he left on moral grounds? Did he get ticked off that they took Murray off the show? Is he upset he's not being paid as much as someone else on the show? All great obvious little stories to paint the deal as negative.


    What will probably happen is that he wants to pursue his own kid's show project or something or doesn't want to be forever tethered to one TV show his whole life. Or something even more mundane and rational than that.

    Just keep in mind that until we get a reason, if we get one at all, don't let the mind wander into negative territory.
  7. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Yeah, good point. Perhaps what we should be speculating on is who could replace him ,both as the head writer and performing his characters.
  8. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    the Mindset quoted his Facebook post:

  9. cahuenga

    cahuenga Well-Known Member

    Now the show will be centered on 6 main characters. I think Joey´s characters aren´t so important to the show, I would love to see the return of characters like Forgetful, Sherlock, Herry or Mumford than new characters like Murray, Papa bear or Stinky being recasted. I wish him the best.

    I read that Annie Evans has left sesame Workshop back in August, so I think season 47 will be the start of a new era of the show.
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  10. vettech28

    vettech28 Well-Known Member

    I can only speculate why Joey left. I'm betting it has something to do with the HBO deal. Maybe he didn't like where the show was going or maybe he found a better job opportunity.

    Somehow, I feel that the show is starting to fall apart. Sonia left, the HBO deal and now Joey is leaving. I wish Joey well with whatever he decides to do next. Godspeed, Joey!
  11. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    The heart and soul of the show could mean so many different things. My guesses would be the word on the street segments, and the other inserts with Murray. Of course going to 30 minutes there would not be much time for those I would think.
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  12. cahuenga

    cahuenga Well-Known Member

    Certainly I dont consider Murray the heart and soul of the show, Sesame Street had been on the air for 38 years before Murray´s arriving, and, frankly, I consider the character very annoying.. I think we can see all these changes like an opportunity for the show to get better and grow, like The Muppets has been doing in the last 7 years.
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  13. Muzzarino

    Muzzarino Well-Known Member

    I guess M
    Today I found out through the pages about Joey's farewell to Sesame Street. This means it's 1989-2015 for his performance on Sesame Street, but I'm not sure if he will still do voices for The Muppets though.

    I know Bill the Bug on the other hand that he performed in 1999 for Elmo in Grouchland has been absent for almost a decade now from his third appearance while the other ones including Tungar have been used in the modern episodes of the show. There could be a good performer for him if he's back on Sesame Street.
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  14. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

  15. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't necessarily call those "the hear and soul" of the show, though.
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  16. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't have any heartburn if Murray disappeared, if for a little while.
  17. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Perhaps he dosen't mean just the Murray segments. Maybe he means all the segments in between.
  18. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    "What's the Word on the Street" has been on the show for seven years, not just five, while Murray has been hosting for five years. I wonder if the hosting segments are being dropped, giving Murray less screen time (unless they start putting him in street scenes).* I also wonder if Joey Mazzarino left before or after season 46 began production (we know that Fran Brill and Sonia Manzano did, with Manzano's retirement being announced long after production on the new season began).

    *I mean this as in they planned on this long before Joey Mazzarino decided to leave.
  19. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    The more I think about it the more I'm wondering what he was fighting for. When I think about the Heart and soul of Sesame I think about the passion that Joan Ganz Conney Jim Henson and so many other people had when they created the show 46 years ago. One of there main goals was to change childrens television for the better. To make a show that was both educational and entertaining at the same time. A show that would help inner city kids or poor kids get a jump start in education so they would do better in school. To me that is what has been the heart and soul of Sesame. If that is what Joey has been fighting for a year for then it worries me about the future of the show.
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  20. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    (throws hands in the air)

    Well, there goes my "don't read anything sinister into this" rationale.

    Something tells me that something really bad went down well before the HBO deal. Maybe something worse than the half hour format is going to be a surprise when the show finally airs. I get the feeling that the new head of SW is kinda a tool considering that he came from HIT. I mean, seriously. Is there anyone who actually likes HIT?
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