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When old-school fans of the iconic kid’s show Sesame Street learned that of three of the original cast members — Bob McGrath, Emilio Delgado and Roscoe Orman, aka Bob, Luis and Gordon — were being "let go," they clearly let their displeasure be known to the show’s producers.
It’s rare that the beloved, long-running educational children’s show receives bad press or public hostility but this week, fans have lashed out furiously at the 47-year old TV institution. Last week, the show’s creators announced that they were doing a little house cleaning, and that three veteran cast members were getting the ax.
Bob McGrath (Bob) who is 86, along with Emilio Delgado (Luis) who is 76 and Roscoe Orman (Gordan) who is 72 were among the remaining cast members who’ve stayed with Sesame Street for over four decades. Last week, they were released by the Sesame Network, who produces the show, »
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Sesame Street will join HBO for five seasons without three familiar faces, according to a statement released by Sesame Workshop. Longtime cast members Bob McGrath, 84, ("Bob"), Emilio Delgado, 76, ("Luis") and Roscoe Orman, 72, ("Gordon"), have been let go of the children's program. McGrath has been a part of the show since its inception in 1969. Delgado joined shortly after in 1971 and Orman in 1974.
"Sesame Street is produced by Sesame Workshop, which is an independent production company, and the casting decision was made by them," said PBS CEO Paula Kerger. "We did not know about it beforehand. »
People often throw around the all-too-melodramatic phrase “my childhood is ruined.” Now I’m not going to say that here, but I will say that the younger version of me is certainly more than a little disappointed to find out that Sesame Street has let go of three long-time show actors. Bob McGrath (“Bob”) Emilio Delgado (“Luis”), and Roscoe Orman (“Gordon”) have been fired from the Emmy-winning and legendary TV series. The 84-year-old McGrath broke the news while at Florida Supercon. And he sounded miffed about changes that have happened since HBO acquired the broadcast rights to the series. “As of this season, I have completed my 45th season this year,” McGrath said. “And the show has gone under a major turn around, going from an hour to a half-hour. HBO has gotten involved also. And they let all of the original cast members go, with the exception of Alan Muraoka »
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“Sesame Street” is saying farewell to three longtime cast members — Bob McGrath, aka “Bob,” Emilio Delgado (“Luis”) and Roscoe Orman (“Gordon”). McGrath had been part of the show since it premiered in 1969, Delgado made his debut in 1971, and Orman joined the show in 1974.
According to MuppetCast, McGrath broke the news at a recent convention, stating, “As of this season, I have completed my 45th season this year. And the show has gone under a major turnaround, going from an hour to a half hour. HBO has gotten involved also. And they let all of the original cast members go, with the exception of Alan Muraoka — who is probably 20 years younger than the rest of us — and Chris Knowings, who is also young.”
Sesame Workshop denied any interference from HBO in a statement: “Bob McGrath, Emilio Delgado (“Luis”) and Roscoe Orman (“Gordon”) remain a beloved part of the Sesame family and continue to represent us at public events »
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