Sunny days may be here once again, as “Sesame Street” seems to be chasing some bad clouds away.
On the heels of the headline-grabbing, disastrous decision to fire three beloved actors with over 100 years of combined experience on the show, public pressure seems to be turning the tide. Good news, it seems, for Roscoe “Gordan” Orman, Bob “Bob” McGrath and Emilio “Luis” Delgado — the latter of whom says the show has reached out to them about possibly remaining.
“Due to your overwhelming reaction regarding the status of myself and others on the show, the new producers of ‘Sesame Street’ have reached out to us,” the 76-year-old Delgado, who joined “Sesame Street” in 1971, says in a message to Fox News Latino. “[They have expressed a] desire to continue our longstanding relationship, to be initiated with a meeting in September.”
Since the news broke and fans began expressing support for the three men who played some part in the childhoods of millions of people from 4 to 44, there has been a lot of finger pointing. The official Sesame Street account tweeted an attempt to calm down the masses, explaining that the actors would appear at an undetermined number of public events; HBO, fans were told, had nothing to do with the decision. PBS CEO Paula Kerger, meanwhile, told Variety that she hadn’t been consulted on the controversial move.
“Hopefully, this [September meeting] will result in the inclusion of veteran cast members in upcoming productions,” says Delgado, speaking for his co-stars with remarks that make it sound like they want to continue filming episodes with Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster and the rest. “I look forward to sharing with you, at such time, the results of that conversation. Thanks again for your loving support and devotion to ‘Sesame Street’ and to what it has meant to the children of the world.”