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Although Kevin Clash, the puppeteer that turned Elmo into the lovable character we know today, has resigned amid troubling allegations of sexual abuse, Hasbro and the organizers behind the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade are still supporting the Sesame Street character.
Clash resigned Tuesday, just hours after a second man accused Clash of having sex with him when he was underage. Sesame Workshop, which produces the show, called it “a sad day for Sesame Street” in a statement.
Children will still be able to get their own Elmo toys this holiday season, though. Sesame Street toys are produced by Hasbro, which told E! News that it has no plans to stop producing Elmo toys.
“Sesame Street and its wonderful characters have been entertaining and educating children and families for more than 40 years,” a spokeswoman for the company said. “We are confident that Elmo will remain an integral part of Sesame Street and that Sesame Street toys will continue to delight children for years to come.”
Elmo has also been an important part of the Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Despite the controversy, Macy’s says that the Elmo balloon will still float down the streets of Manhattan.
“Elmo will be joining his Muppet friends on the Sesame Street float with an alternate puppeteer bringing him to life,” a rep told TMZ. “Current events have no bearing on Sesame's participation in the Parade and we are confident their world-renowned, family-friendly entertainment and educational programming will continue to bring kids and families joy for decades.”