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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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46.

drake    

Geez, don't be so unkind, it's all about Elmo and if this puppeteer can bring all the love, joy and laughter the original Elmo originated, even better. It's for the kids, it always had been.

483 days ago
47.

Marsy    

Hm... the old Elmo never rubbed up on kids. This one does.

483 days ago
48.

Matt    

The replacement puppeteer's name is Ryan Dillon. He has been puppeteering for Sesame Street since 2005. He is male. Do a little research, TMZ!

483 days ago
49.

JOHN    

THAT'S A MAN NAMED RYAN DILLON!!!!

He's a VERY talented Muppet performer!

483 days ago
50.

tucker    

I think the hairy chest and 5:00 shadow might hold a clue ...

483 days ago
51.

Mrugowsky    

The Secret Service allowed TMZ that close to the President ??? Scary.

483 days ago
52.

KnuckleDragger    

I remember when Mel Blanc died and they tried to replace him. Not the same voices. The same with Jim Henson who did Kermit the Frog. Not the same either.

483 days ago
53.

Nicoleasm    

A guy, definitely

483 days ago
54.

Spicy mag    

Elmo Should be voiced by a syndrome toddler.

483 days ago
55.

TEAM LAMMY    

Not sure what to say

483 days ago
56.

TEAM LAMMY    

Adults who play with puppets creep me out. Not sure why

483 days ago
57.

Spicy mag    

Remember the old days when ventriloquists didn't move their lips.

483 days ago
58.

CINEMA    

Looks like another perverted homo

483 days ago
59.

Daniel    

Elmo is a child molster..

483 days ago
60.

Dave    

What a nasty story.

483 days ago
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