13 November 2012 7:00 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Will Elmo now be tainted by the Kevin Clash scandal rumors? Or will the character remain on Sesame Street as before? —O.K., via Facebook You speak of allegations made against Elmo's puppeteer that the performer had sex with a 16-year-old boy. Kevin Clash told E! News he denies any wrongdoing, citing a "false and defamatory allegation," but the rumors are bound to affect the franchise if Sesame Street folks don't act fast. How do I know? Because I spoke to people who specialize in brands in crisis. Their biggest piece of advice: Get a new Elmo voice. Like, now. "If they were my client I would tell them to hold back the release of any new DVDs or »

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