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Elmo

Continues to Tickle Kids

For XMAS

11/21/2012 11:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Elmo is alive and well in toy stores across the US of A ... and allegations of underage sex involving Kevin Clash, the voice of the famous puppet, has had no impact on sales.

TMZ contacted more than 20 toy stores across the country, and none of them have pulled Elmo from the shelves. Indeed, most of the managers in the stores were unaware Clash had resigned after a second man came forward claiming he had underage sex with Clash.

Most of the stores we called were Toys"R"Us.  A few examples --

-- Toys"R"Us on Broadway in NYC ... Elmo is still on the shelves.  There was no change in placement of the puppet in the store or returns.  The puppet is still selling.

-- North Lakeland, FL ... No change in sales.  Employee was unaware of scandal.

-- Brandon, FL ... Sold out of Laugh Out Loud Elmo.  Will restock soon.

-- Austin, TX ... We haven't been notified of the Elmo issue.  We still have Elmo dolls on the shelves.

-- Greenville, SC .... We do not have the LOL Elmo dolls in stock.  We're sold out and waiting on our next shipment.

None of the stores we contacted even hinted they might pull back on Elmo for XMAS.

57 COMMENTS

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1.

MADE MAN    

Why would sales drop??? Kids are interested in Elmo the puppet, not the voice of elmo!!! kids should not have any interaction or knowledge of the topic.

597 days ago
2.

Liz    

Elmo's OK!!

597 days ago
3.

Majestik    

I'm planning on buying a couple of Elmos on the weekend to add to my stuffy collection.

597 days ago
4.

NOT ELMO    

elmo do you want to nail bieber next...

597 days ago
5.

Franc    

Why would you even think they;d pull the toy? Elmo did nothing wrong. Kevin Clash is the perv. Recast the role and go on. Put Clash in jail.

597 days ago
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jaythepirate    

If he would of pulled back before Christmas he wouldn't be in this shape

597 days ago
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the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Why would they? Do you think little kids who love Elmo should have their Elmo dolls taken away because of stuff they don't understand? Think stores care about anything besides more profit?

597 days ago
8.

Obamais still aracist    

Elmo wants to do to your kids what clash did to elmo and a few other small persons

597 days ago
9.

hi    

Kevin Clash should change his name to "The Voice of Homo"

597 days ago
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jaythepirate    

As long as he isn't raping any children while taping the voices for the dolls then why should they be taken off shelves?

597 days ago
11.

OH NO!    

What does that make Elmo, if he had a gay black man up his ass for 30 years?

597 days ago
12.

Drew Hall    

Well this will actually help Elmo really. Now Elmo is edgy and will have a whole new following of teens and adult's who would normally dismiss as just a little kids character. Elmo will emerge big and stronger then ever. Elmo has cult status now! lol, Go Elmo! Eeeks... what makeup counter did that queen come from? FRIEGHTENING!

597 days ago
13.

Carolyn    

Of course this wouldn't affect elmo sales! Who cares about consenting adults having sex!? Psychological Damage My Foot! Leave Kevin Alone, People!

597 days ago
14.

msmoeliss    

Its amazing how many ignorant people there are just waiting to believe the fisrt negative things about other people. I guess because he's black and gay he must be guilty. When it is so obvious the two accusers are only looking for a pay out. I hope when this all blows over kevin can return as the voice of elmo, no one else will do and its what he deserves. Good luck to him.

597 days ago
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datruth    

Stop trying to cause controversy TMZ and let the darn kids enjoy their holidays...

597 days ago
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