Let me preface this by saying Kevin Clash's craft is absolutely astonishing, and I'm glad I got to meet him. But I'm just going to say what I'm sure many of you already feel. And that's that "Elmo" is a worthless, valueless, distracting character who I know at least with me evokes a sickening feeling of despair and annoyance. I have literally always hated that character, and by the late 90's was just hoping the Elmo hype would go away. Nope. In fact by the turn of the millennium Sesame Street ending up being shorn by quite a bit to make room for "Elmo's World". La la la la, la la la, please die already. There are so many genuine and great characters. Baby Bear, Murray Monster, Telly, Rosita, etc. We don't need this guy who just eats up all the time and hogs the spotlight. So just for arguments sake, how detrimental to sales and the overall company would it be if Sesame Workshop gently retired the Elmo character? I personally feel Sesame has been dragged down and tainted by the putrid smell of that banshee and reminds me of the kind of mindless garbage we see with Barney and Telletubbies. I refuse to even consider "Elmo" a Muppet character at this point. Elmo's dad gets injured fighting Iraqis or something in that military special. It should have been Elmo getting shot up overseas. Maybe we can get Elmo together with Takalani Sesame's Kami. And am CONVINCED that Elmo alone has sullied the name of the Muppets and Sesame Street much like Bush did with the name of America after 8 years.