Actor behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch is retiring and Twitter is emotional

Get the Full StoryCaroll Spinney, the puppeteer and voice actor behind Sesame Street greats Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, will retire from the show after 50 years of embodying these characters.

Sesame Street announced Spinney's retirement on Wednesday morning, leading to an influx of well-wishes and goodbyes from generations of Americans – all of whom grew up with Spinney's characters over the past five decades. Puppeteers Matt Vogel and Eric Jacobsen will take over.

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Long-time puppeteer Caroll Spinney has announced that he is stepping down from the roles of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. Spinney is pleased that his iconic roles will be carried on by puppeteers Matt Vogel and Eric Jacobson. Learn more: https: BALgkIPI5q sGMDjqLklQ

— Sesame Street sesamestreet October 17, 2018

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