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Although Kevin Clash has resigned from Sesame Street, the Elmo puppeteer’s voice was still heard at this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. His work will also likely continue to be seen by children, as one report suggests that he has filmed episodes for the next two years.
Clash resigned on Tuesday, amid a sexual abuse scandal. Although a man had recanted his claim that Clash had sex with him when he was just 16, another man surfaced with similar claims. Despite the scandal, Macy’s issued a statement confirming that Elmo would still be at the parade.
“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,” the company had said in a statement.
According to AceShowBiz, a new puppeteer did perform Elmo, but the voice on the recording the audience heard was Clash’s. The Sesame Street characters sang “What Am I,” which contained the lyrics “I'm gonna keep my head up high / Keep on reaching high / Never gonna quit / Just keep getting stronger.”
Although Clash has resigned, he has already filmed several episodes of the show, so his work will still be seen over the next few years. Show executives confirmed to the New York Post that he has filmed episodes through 2014.
The second accuser, Cecil Singleton, is suing Clash for $5 million. Singleton, who is now 24, recently told TMZ that he is “happy” that Clash quit.