1. Kevin Clash, the voice and puppeteer who for 28 years has made Sesame Street’s Elmo come alive for kids, has resigned because “the controversy surrounding [his] personal life has become a distraction,” Sesame Workshop said this morning.

    Last week, Clash went on leave after a now-adult man alleged that they had a sexual relationship when the accuser was still a minor. Clash denied they had a relationship when the other man was underage. The accuser later recanted, then reversed himself and said he had been pressured to drop the accusation.

    Today, a second accuser filed a suit alleging that he also had a sexual relationship with Clash when he (the accuser) was a minor, his attorney tells The Associated Press. TMZ.com broke the news of the second accusation.

    —- via The Two Way, Breaking News from NPR

    Click here for the Fresh Air interview with Kevin Clash

    Photo credit: Scott McDermott/Being Elmo

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  1. They really don’t look at me when they see Elmo. They run to Elmo because it’s a friend of theirs that they’ve been talking to and communicating with and singing with for so many years. We’ve found that the delusion is not broken by seeing us puppeteers. — Kevin Clash View in High-Res

    They really don’t look at me when they see Elmo. They run to Elmo because it’s a friend of theirs that they’ve been talking to and communicating with and singing with for so many years. We’ve found that the delusion is not broken by seeing us puppeteers. — Kevin Clash

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  1. I love the simplicity of Sesame Street characters. I love that [Elmo is] just an orange nose and two eyes and no tongue — just a black mouth — and you just find that by just the tilt of the head or looking up, it says something. There’s an emotion there.

    — Kevin Clash: Making Elmo Come To Life

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  1. [And then I’d say,] ‘Give Elmo a hug and let’s sing. I tried to pull them away from it as much as possible. Mommy and Daddy were there to explain a little bit more, and we’re there to entertain and try and take them away from it.

    — Kevin Clash on visiting with small kids affected by September 11th. 

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  1. They really don’t look at me when they see Elmo. They run to Elmo because it’s a friend of theirs that they’ve been talking to and communicating with and singing with for so many years. We’ve found that the delusion is not broken by seeing us puppeteers.

    — Kevin Clash, the man behind Sesame Street’s Elmo. 

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  1. Meet Kevin Clash. Over the past 25 years, Clash has transformed Elmo into one of the most recognizable characters on Sesame Street. View in High-Res

    Meet Kevin Clash. Over the past 25 years, Clash has transformed Elmo into one of the most recognizable characters on Sesame Street.

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  1. One of tomorrow’s guests is red, furry, 3, and yes, he’s interviewed Neil Patrick Harris. He also has his own theme song. (Kevin Clash and Elmo are our guests.)

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