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Sesame Street Trims Live Cast

SESAME STREET (CelebrityAccess) — Bob, Luis, and Gordon are no longer to be counted among the 'people in your neighborhood.'

Producers of the long-running beloved children's show Sesame Street revealed this week that they have axed three longtime human cast members.

According to Vanity Fair, original cast member Bob McGrath, known simply as “Bob” on the show said that he and his fellow cast members Emilio Delgado (“Luis” on the show) and Roscoe Orman (“Gordon”) have been released.

“As of this season, I completed my 45th season this year,” McGrath said. “And the show has done a major turnaround, going from an hour to a half hour. HBO has been involved also. And so they let all of the original cast members go, with the exception of Alan Muraoka—who is still on the show, he is probably 20 years younger than the rest of us—and Chris Knowings, who is also young.”

The show, controversially, moved from its home on PBS last year to pay channel HBO and transitioned from an hour-long program to a half-hour.

A statement on Sesame Street’s Twitter account confirms the layoffs, but also noted that HNO had no role in the decision to release the cast members.

“Sesame Workshop retains sole creative control over the show. HBO does not oversee production," the tweet said. – Staff Writers