I attended a Muppet workshop at Walt Disney World in 1990 with a bunch of other hopefuls. We were trained for a week by Steve Whitmire & Kevin Clash. They were both friendly & kind to all involved. Years later I worked as a background puppeteer on 'Muppets From Space' & met Steve again. We chatted briefly & he posed for a photo with my friend Kim. After that it was work, he was with the other lead puppeteers & I was with the background puppeteers, so we didn't have much contact beyond the initial hello. I've heard good things about the man, & negative things. But all I can tell you is that he was very kind to me. Like most of you I imagine, I'm clueless as to his firing. I've seen clips of the Hollywood Bowl shows, & Matt Vogel seems to be doing a fine job as Kermit. People come & go, for assorted reasons. But as long as the Muppets continue to entertain us, I'll be happy. Have a great day, everyone!