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Caroll Spinney Ends His 50 Year Big Bird Run On Sesame Street

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Sesame Street is, unfortunately, losing one of its original puppeteers. Caroll Spinney, also known as the Big Bird, has stepped down from his role after a 50-year long association. Caroll Spinney has on the on the Sesame Street board since its inception in 1969. And now, after an entire golden jubilee, the 84-year-old veteran is retiring from his Big Bird character.

A Twitter Confirmed Ending

Sesame Street ‘s official Twitter account has confirmed Caroll Spinney’s exit officially. According to Caroll Spinney, he went several places with Big Bird. And it was a soul-nurturing experience for him. Though initially, it was not a very serious business for the maestro. However, later the merriment and joy breathed positivity into the aura. And, this became a reason that Caroll Spinney hooked on to Big Bird for so long.

This is certainly a cynical age for several Sesame Street fans. Characters like Big Bird helped shape our childhood. And now, that they are losing their virgin voices, things undoubtedly seem sad. As his alter egos took over Caroll Spinney remained in shadows. However, we still can safely distinguish his fine spark.

Big Bird Has Trotted The Entire Globe

Big Bird visited China with Bob Hope in 1979 and even showed off his massive dancing skills. That too with the Rockettes and prima ballerina Cynthia Gregory. Big Bird is a true Hollywood star. It has its own mention on the Hollywood walk of fame. A US postage stamp also celebrates Big Bird’s immense popularity. Furthermore, the Library of Congress gave Sesame Street ‘s BB the title of a ‘Living Legend’, back in 2000.

Who Will Take Over Now?

Apart from the Big Bird, Caroll Spinney also played Oscar the Grouch on the Sesame Street. Now two different actors, Matt Vogel and Eric Jacobson, will take over the characters. Jacobson also performs Grover, Bert, Guy Smiley, Fozzie Bear, and Miss Piggy. Both Jacobson and Vogel have worked alongside Caroll Spinney, and they are ideally the perfect fit to step into his bird suit. Caroll Spinney stated that:


“I plan to be an ambassador for the Sesame Street Workshop for many years to come. After all, we’re a family! But now it’s time for two performers that I have worked with and respected — and actually hand-picked for the guardianship of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch — to take my alter-egos into their hands and continue to give them life.”


Caroll Spinney, with deep admiration, gave something valuable to this world. We wish him the best of luck for the future.

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