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Elmo

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

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

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."

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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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31.

Bkshorti    

I don't care if its a man or woman, jus don't let him b as horrible as the last guy was that's all I ask.

384 days ago
32.

Helen    

Wow, some people are ignorant and *******s. Who cares if a girl/guy/lesbian/gay WHATEVER is voicing, Kevin started the voice, and they needed to find someone similar. This girl is spot on for the voice on Elmo and kudos to her, she's getting the pay check. Everyone that lapse in judgment should get a fist shoved up their ass because of their lack of intelligence/respect. TMZ, I'm a big fan of you guys, but serious - not cool.

384 days ago
33.

BellaJ    

You were able to confirm with Sesame Workshop that the temp replacement is just that, a temp, but you honestly couldn't get a name or gender?! I'm mildly offended by this crapfest article. TMZ, you used to be the most credible source on celebrity stories and lately it seems like you have taken to making personal jabs (Britney gave up washing her weave for lent), snarky comments and recycled stories (Blohan not being able to go to a lockdown facility bc one doesn't exist for people who haven't been in prison). I also firmly believe anytime someone says "I'm not trying to be rude but..." you are clearly trying to be rude. I think you can do better JMO

384 days ago
34.

Paulina1982    

Lol...its a good Elmo pupeteer that's what it is..

384 days ago
35.

rosa    

Im so totally offended by this story. Im not even a big gay/straight pc person but wtf!!!! So because its obvious what the gender of this person it indicates they are a pervert?? I don't know but that is basically what I got from the story.

384 days ago
36.

Blue Lake    

As long as it's not Pee Wee Herman or some other perv, I'm fine. Save Elmo!

384 days ago
37.

kawika    

Ok last one eats dick ..New one eats *****

This is good for kids WHY?

384 days ago
38.

Diamond Goddess!    

*sigh*
Why do puppeteers all look like the next face on the "A Sex Offender Moved into the Neighborhood" flyer?!
(LOLs.)
And the person was just walking around in full-view of the kids doing Elmo, not hidden?
Way to destroy the illusion for the kids, White House!!!
lol
Great job with the voice, hope he gets the job.
(I see chest hair.)

384 days ago
39.

chaozz    

Of course they pick a women,Much safer for them as you don't hear of women molesting 16 year olds to often.

384 days ago
40.

KEV    

then Lindsay Lohan can be the next Elmo voice after him or her

384 days ago
41.

Waka Waka Waka    

Fozi bear luvs ELMO..WAKA WAKA WAKAAAA

384 days ago
42.

Waka Waka Waka    

FOZI BEAR luvs ELMO..waka waka wakaaa

384 days ago
43.

Toilethead    

My gaydar just broke.

384 days ago
44.

OooooNooo!    

Maybe the voice actor/actress is trans-gendered and has BOTH sex parts?

384 days ago
45.

tdr9    

This is not news! Who cares about elmo!

384 days ago
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