This shouldn't be an inappropriate thread, because this isn't intended to delve into the personal lives of the performers. Caroll Spinney was on the verge of quitting SST, and was about to break the news to Jim - something he was dreading - until Kermit Love stopped him and told him to reconsider, as he had been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that he'll never have again. Sure enough, things got better for Caroll afterwards, but there's still a number of people who had left the Muppets at one point, but there's no definite answer to their departures; Caroll wrote in his memoir that a few performers had left because they didn't because famous or rich quick by working for the Muppets. My question is why would anyone leave the Muppets at all? Working for THE puppet master himself, why would anyone bail out on Jim? The two that come to my mind are John Lovelady and Brian Meehl: nobody knows for sure why John left, some speculate the fame and fortune conspiracy, but there's also a thread here on MC that suggests he was unhappy with Jim relegating him to mostly building puppets and coordinating puppeteers instead of performing... either way, he certainly seems to have an impressive puppetry resume post Muppets, working on The Great Space Coaster for a number of years, and also working for Sid & Marty Krofft in the 80s. As for Brian, there's also the fame and fortune conspiracy (I think Caroll hinted about it in his book, but I can't remember for sure), but there are a few of his colleagues who have said he was wanting to refocus his career as a writer and actor, and lastly, there are interviews with Brian himself, who says that the long days with excessive downtime in the television atmosphere was putting a strain on his family life. It's a shame, he was one of the more versatile performers Jim had, IMO.