For anyone who grew up with Sesame Street, or then introduced their own children to Sesame Street, for that matter, it’s hard to imagine the long-running children’s show without the same iconic personalities that have been there for decades upon decades. But sadly, Bob the music teacher (Bob McGrath), Gordon the science teacher (Roscoe Orman), and Luis the “Mr. Fix-It” (Emilio Delgado) have all been relieved of their jobs.
The shakeup is part of HBO’s re-tooling of the show, which switched from hour-long episodes to half hour-long episodes when the series debuted on the cable network back in January. McGrath broke the news at a Q&A event at the Florida Supercon earlier this month, which was subsequently broadcast on the MuppetCast podcast.
“As of this season, I have completed my 45th season this year. 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 — who is probably 20 years younger than the rest of us — and Chris Knowings, who is also young,” McGrath said.
McGrath had been with Sesame Street since the program debuted in 1969, whereas Delgado joined in 1971 and Orman in 1974 to play Gordon, although he was not the first to play the part. This is definitely a sad day for fans. Somewhere, Mr. Snuffleupagus has a single tear rolling down his cheek.