Sesame Workshop, the producers of the children’s television program, issued a statement:
Sesame Workshop’s mission is to harness the educational power of media to help all children the world over reach their highest potential. Kevin Clash has helped us achieve that mission for 28 years, and none of us, especially Kevin, want anything to divert our attention from our focus on serving as a leading educational organization. Unfortunately, the controversy surrounding Kevin’s personal life has become a distraction that none of us wants, and he has concluded that he can no longer be effective in his job and has resigned from Sesame Street. This is a sad day for Sesame Street.
Sesame Workshop updated their statement this afternoon:
We are pleased that this matter has been brought to a close, and we are happy that Kevin can move on from this unfortunate episode.
What’s to be of Elmo is still anyone’s guess. But whatever happens to the little red monster, one thing is for certain, Clash will no longer have a hand in it.