After beloved NJ Sesame Street stars ‘let go,’ Internet backlash gets severe
So ... are three longtime members of the Sesame Street cast from New Jersey fired or not?
According to a podcast by the fansite The Muppet Cast, original cast member Bob McGrath told the audience at the FloridaCon earlier in July that he, Emilio Delgado (“Luis”) and Roscoe Orman (“Gordon”) had been released from the show.
"As of this season, I have completed my 45th season this year. The show has gone under a major turnaround, going from an hour to a half hour. HBO has gotten involved also. And they let all of the original cast members go," he said.
McGrath lives in Teaneck, and Ormon lives in Montclair.
McGrath, 84, who joined the show at its debut in 1969, is perhaps best known for singing the iconic "The People in Your Neighborhood," long a staple of the show.
Orman, 72. became part of the cast in 1974. Delgado joined in 1971.
But the Associated Press quoted a spokeswoman for the show — who stressed that while HBO airs the show, it's not involved in its production — said the three would continue to appear in episodes.
Orman filmed new appearances for the current season of the show, the spokeswoman said. McGrath and Delgado last performed in episodes taped in 2013.
A tweet from the show says they'll "continue to represent us at public events" — but doesn't say whether any of those three cast members will be asked to film any new material or be part of the regular production of the show.