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Economy Rocks Sesame Street,

Layoffs Ensue

3/11/2009 5:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0311_oscar_bn2-1First Wall St ... then Main St ... now the economy is taking its toll on Sesame St.

Sunny days could not sweep the clouds away ... and now the good people behind the world's greatest children's show have announced they must regretfully cut their workforce by 20% -- 67 positions in total.

The letters of the day are B and S.

When not asked to weigh in on the situation, Kermit the Frog responded by throwing up his hands, and screaming the following statement:

"Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh"

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1.

Oliver    

People losing their jobs is not very funny

2014 days ago
2.

Isa    

Kermit? why kermit? kermit only makes sparatic guest appearances! why would he know anything?? i want to hear from Oscar! from Big Bird! and from Abby Kadabbie!

unfortuanately, since sesame street relies on donations, it was inevitable people have to cut their donation amounts to they themselves can survive.


aww...hopefully, sesame street will survive this fall. i'd actually cry if it went off the air.

2014 days ago
3.

stead    

Obama will fix this

2014 days ago
4.

Al    

Today's show is brought to you by the color pink.

2014 days ago
5.

Twinker    

So are they looking for a "hand out" or "hand in" ???

2014 days ago
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Sebastian Stoker    

I know it is wrong, but this is just too funny. I guess we will soon hear reports of Sesame Street walkers. And Bert and Ernie can do a gay porn.

2014 days ago
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Twinker    

Maybe someone can "pull some strings" and get some more funding.

2014 days ago
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Abel Tsegga    

We need to start spending big bucks on lowering poverty rates.

The Borgen Project has some good info on the cost of addressing global poverty.

$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.
$550 billion: U.S. Defense budget

2014 days ago
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Crispy_Bug_Pilot    

That sucks =(

2014 days ago
10.

Brian    

Sparatic? #3 did not watch enough.

2014 days ago
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Julia    

Actually, #3 does watch it. Kermit is now the property of Disney, as well as the rest of the Muppet Show gang. The current Muppet "cast" of Sesame Street is owned by Sesame Workshop. This has been the situation for the past few years, and ever since then, Kermit has never made an appearance on Sesame Street. Really a sin, though. He was an integral part of the show.

2014 days ago
12.

Good God    

Awesome. Thanks for the laugh! :)

2014 days ago
13.

Me    

"The letters of the day are B and S" is the wittiest thing TMZ's written in quite awhile.

2014 days ago
14.

lost in lalaland    

First, Cookie Monster starts eating 'sensibly' and limiting his cookie intake. Now this!?!? What a sad, sad world we live in.

2014 days ago
15.

Yvette    

it is not funny when people lose their jobs but the kermit thing is hilarious...................i hope prez o gets us out of this funky eco

2014 days ago
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