America was shocked by the sudden announcement of one of the country’s most beloved couples calling it quits. No one was expecting The Muppets stars Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy to end their longtime relationship, but that’s exactly what happened at the beginning of August and now the show’s executive producers are explaining why the decision was made.
Executive producers Bill Prady and Bob Kushell gave The Hollywood Reporter a bit of insight behind the decision and, surprisingly enough, the explanation of why these two didn’t work, makes a lot of sense.
“One of the places it came from is Eric Jacobson [Piggy] and Steve Whitmire [Kermit] have done press with them for the past however many years and they always get asked about their relationship,” Prady told the site. “Because there has been no ongoing place to tell that story, they’ve been caught in this, ‘Well, it’s complicated’ kind of place.”
“We started talking about it and I said Piggy probably wanted to be ‘Brangelina’ and wanted to be a public couple — and Kermit is a quiet fella from Mississippi who probably likes a night at home,” he continued. “I thought about other couples I know where one or both people in the couple are famous and the challenges they face and the difficulty they have of having a public persona of going out in the world and being recognized and how that affects your relationship. I said, ‘Boy, I think it’s entirely possible that they broke up and that they both had a good reason.’ ”
We can definitely see those dynamics not working out in a human relationship so, while sad, it’s believable that they’d take their toll on a muppet relationship too.
See how Kermit and Miss Piggy are handling their breakup when The Muppets premieres, Tuesday Sept. 22nd on ABC.
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