Psh....I'd rather have no Muppets at all than poor performances. The characters are the ones we love and they may pass on to performers but if they don't care enough to get that character right then I don't care to watch. I'm not saying the performer didn't care that he was performing Kermit but I agree with the statement that the performance itself was rushed and some words were swallowed. It may be tough to say, especially as a Muppet fan but unless there's more detail worked into the current and future Muppet performances in the character development (including script/performance) then they will likely continue down their "watered down" path and the Muppets we know and love as fans will become classic look-backs at a bygone era similar to watching Dean Martin or Julie Andrews videos on youtube. Jim Henson even said in an interview "These characters will stay around as long as the public wants them." Even Jim was open to the "loss" of new performances of the empire he built. And if ideas and performances continue to be subpar why should the public even bother?..........There are too many other celebrities and ideas out there to follow. Why try to float a sinking boat? On a lighter note......I did like the Chickens.