Clash exit from Sesame Street affects more than Elmo

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The departure of Kevin Clash, the Elmo puppeteer who resigned from Sesame Street last week, is leaving a large void in the close-knit Sesame Workshop community, reports the New York Times.

Clash, who left after allegations of sexual impropriety surfaced, played more roles than the furry red Elmo. He also worked with writers on technical problems, he directed, was a co-executive producer and the puppeteer behind many other characters. He also traveled internationally to train puppeteers for Sesame Street productions in other countries.

Production of the show is on a pre-planned two-week hiatus. When work resumes, the Times noted, “a therapist may be on hand for those who need support.”

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