This year, many stones had damaged this famous street. After Republican candidate Mitt Romney project of reducing public television funding -indirectly related to ‘Sesame Street’ and many PBS shows- was dismissed with Barack Obama victory, the problems kept on going in ‘Big Bird’ house.
Kevin Clash, the actor that for 28 years has made the furry red monster, Elmo, voice on ‘Sesame Street‘ has decided to quit the show after sex allegations has been presented against him, claiming of having relations with underage youth.
The decision has not been regarding the possibility of a guilty pledge. The fact of the controversy surrounding this case has caused his work to be ineffective. A program targeting kids can be surrounded by these types of scandals.
“Personal matters have diverted attention away from the important work Sesame Street is doing and I cannot allow it to go on any longer. I am deeply sorry to be leaving and am looking forward to resolving these personal matters privately.”
The lawsuit presented against the actor, seeks for $5 million. This is not the first time, Clash is accused of these allegations. He also had an accusation that was dismissed about sexual relations with a boy at the age of 16. The male accuser recanted his version and stated that the relationship was adult and consensual, making the allegation put to rest.
Kevin Clash has won 23 daytime Emmy Awards and one Primetime Emmy. Has been the subject of the 2011 documentary ‘Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey’. Other Sesame street puppeteers have been trained for covering puppets voices in several cases, making this impossible for the character to disappear.
According to ‘Sesame Street’ spokesman: “Elmo is bigger than any one person.”