Steve Whitmire went into more detail on the behind-the-scenes drama will providing his side of the story to THR, saying that one of the main reasons for his dismissal was because of the short-lived Muppets TV series that aired from 2015 to 2016. Whitmire, who had been performing for The Muppets since 1978, stated that while the show was airing, states that Disney felt that he had been “disrespectful” during the show’s run because of his character issues with Kermit the Frog in that project. One specific problem that Whitmire had with the TV show was a note left about a scene where Kermit lied to his nephew, Robin, about his break-up with Miss Piggy. Whitmire felt that Kermit wouldn’t have lied to Robin as he’s too compassionate. Whitmire has clashed several times before with Disney about the Muppets since the company acquired the Muppets brand in 2004, but evidently it was this TV series that made things especially worse.