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Replaced By New Voice Actor! ( ... Or Actress??)

4/1/2013 4:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

040113_elmo_launchWhat's "Sesame Street" to do when the man who used to voice Elmo gets embroiled in an underage sex scandal? Find someone who is just as androgynous as Elmo to replace him.

TMZ was at the White House Easter Egg Roll today where the new person doing the voice of Elmo was there to entertain the children.

Not trying to be rude, just being honest ... we don't know if it's a guy or a girl.

You have to wonder if the "Sesame Street" people made this choice on purpose ... since Kevin Clash, the guy who used voice Elmo, lost his job after accusations of underage sex with boys.

But don't get too attached to the new voice actor (or actress) ... a rep for Sesame Workshop tells us the puppeteer is just a temp ... because "no decision has been made for a permanent replacement as of yet."

7:20 AM PT -- The mystery is solved!!!! The person who does the voice is Ryan Dillon ... and it's ... a ... MAN!!!

Sorry for the confusion, dude.


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Elmo, Schelmo, the highlight of the video for me came at about :47 seconds in: G-O-R-D-O-N! Love Roscoe Orman! 39 years playing Gordon and beyond his role on Sesame Street, he's an accomplished stage, film, TV actor, children's book writer, artist, and child advocate.

535 days ago


It's a girl.

535 days ago


Wasn't it told when the Clash story broke that there were multiple people who did Elmo's voice? You would assume, since Kevin could not be everywhere, and Elmo made appearances everywhere every day. Nobody should be surprised.

535 days ago


Annnnnd Elmo's getting fisted....

535 days ago


Wow this editor should be fired.... That is all you could think of.... Lmao.. "" not trying to be rude"" You sound as dumb as you think... I don't know Who doing the hiring process at tmz but you need to review your workers... It's obvious they have no degrees and in journalism

535 days ago


It's like all you wanted to do is cause controversy. Disagreements And bigotry Let's not forget the cofounder TMZ he is a big homosexual..... With that being said case closed!

535 days ago


You know what, TMZ? You guys are kind of ****ing mean.

535 days ago

Cold Azz Honkey    

Boy or Girl in the end he or she is a punk. When I was in the penitentury we used to slap punks like this.

535 days ago


It's a woman and TMZ is disgusting and insulting.

535 days ago

Pete the Geek    

Actor is correct in any case. Some advice for the TMZ Easter Long Weekend Intern: don't try to put everyone in a binary gender box, where you have to check "male" or "female" and ONLY one. For some - not everyone - reality is much, much more complex. The important fact is that this actor is talented and has an excellent way with children.

535 days ago


Hilarious. Sesame Street has to hire gay people don't they? I mean, nothing could go wrong right?

535 days ago


Anyone is better than that piece of crap pedophile.

535 days ago


Tmz showing what hypocrites they are. Bash people over saying things which are inappropriate regarding race or gender amped then mock someone because because thy look like a man/woman.

535 days ago


GORDON!!! Remember you from my childhood...

That boy looks a little not to pleased with the new Elmo. Kids do have good sense about people so they say.

535 days ago


Who cares if it is a man or a woman or what she looks like? As long as she is a good role model for kids and isn't a piece of garbage like Kevin Clash then what is the big deal.

535 days ago
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