(NEW YORK) — Longtime cast members Bob McGrath, Emilio Delgado and Roscoe Orman, who played Bob, Luis and Gordon, respectively, will no longer regularly appear on the children’s show, McGrath announced earlier this month.
However, Sesame Workshop said in a statement today that the three actors “continue to represent us at public events,” and remain “a treasured part of ‘Sesame Street.'”
“Since the show began, we are constantly evolving our content and curriculum, and hence, our characters, to meet the educational needs of children. As a result of this, our cast has changed over the years, though you can still expect to see many of them in upcoming productions,” the statement continued. “As we’ve stated previously, Sesame Workshop retains sole creative control over the show. HBO does not oversee the production.”
Earlier this month, McGrath, 84, made the announcement during a discussion at Florida Supercon. In audio released by the Muppet Cast podcast, he also praised castmembers Alan Muraoka and Chris Knowings, who will remain on the show.
“They’re terrific, wonderful people and really great actors and performers,” he said.
This past January, “Sesame Street,” which has gone from an hour to a half-hour, debuted on HBO. Though the cable network has the rights to air the next five seasons of “Sesame Street,” it will continue to be on PBS too.
“Sesame Street” first premiered in 1969.