Sesame Street Cast Cut Bob Gordon Luis

Sesame Street CEO: Door Is Open for Bob, Luis and Gordon to Return

Despite last week’s news of a major Sesame Street casting shake-up, CEO Jeff Dunn insists that fans have not seen the last of Bob McGrath (Bob), Emilio Delgado (Luis) and Roscoe Orman (Gordon).

In a message posted to Sesame Street‘s Facebook page on Tuesday, Dunn explains that, although the beloved trio isn’t included in any of the current season’s storylines, their residences on the iconic street have not been vacated:

In 2014, when we first began producing the current half-hour show format, we let all of our cast members know of the shorter story lines and, therefore, reduced appearances. However, our production team also intentionally left the door open for all actors to continue to appear, based on the story lines that were written in any future season. In our latest season, the story lines written did not include appearances by these three actors and we certainly could have done a better job of communicating with them about our ongoing episode plans.

The message continues to say that Dunn is scheduling face-to-face meetings with all three cast members to discuss how to best keep them in the family.

Are you relieved to hear that the trio’s “firing” was somewhat of a misunderstanding? Drop a comment with your thoughts on all this Sesame Street drama below.

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  1. Ralph says:

    Back pedaling at its best. Can anyone say damage control?

  2. Rich says:

    They are on fire drill mode and trying to put a happy face on the situation. They were fired, the public reacted negatively and now they are trying to take it back. Sad part is they may have done too much damage and already destroyed the public good will.

  3. Steven says:

    At least they weren’t involved in scandals.

  4. The Blot says:

    Doesn’t sound like a misunderstanding to me at all. Everyone can see they’re trying to put a quasi-positive spin on a terrible decision. Sadly they’re not even doing a good job at that.

  5. ScrewHBO says:

    They are liars. People aren’t stupid. We know it’s PR and damage control.

  6. auntiemm says:

    Is anybody else getting the ‘hope this blows over soon so we really don’t have to change our direction’ feel? Scheduling meetings is not a guaranteed commitment on their part to keep them on the show.

  7. Nichole says:

    Misunderstanding? I don’t think so. I am however glad to see the are responding to the backlash appropriately and taking steps toward correcting the situation. Hoping they follow through with it.

  8. Lexi says:

    Gee I don’t know if this would work but maybe Grandparent storyline?

  9. Cara says:

    Trust HBO to ruin an iconic children’s show. I think he is back pedaling to keep the audience but everyone knows he is full of it. He is hoping that the audience will fall in love the new format by teasing them that the iconic characters could appear sometime in the future. He says the door is open but do you see him inviting them to walk through it any time soon????

  10. Jill says:

    My comment is I never in a million years would think that they would fire anyone from sesame Street unless there was an extreme case against the person. As for a miscommunication it’s a very clear case of two things first being covering their ass next being they are already starting to realize that this had to have been the dumbest decision ever made in the entire universe and if they don’t change it back they will indeed loose a lot

  11. Anna says:

    Definitely back pedaling! What a bunch of morons… Who goes next? Big Bird? They want younger actors on the show but devalue the effect of older cast members. They have been there since the beginning and deserve to stay on the program as long as they wish. As if kids today don’t have grandparents and older people who love and care for them??

  12. Mike says:

    So, they haven’t been fired. It’s just that the producers decided not to include them in any episodes. That’s totally different.

  13. Joan says:

    So Sad!!! My children loved Seame Street for years and now my Grandchildren love them!
    It’s hard to believe the best may not be there anymore!

  14. Mike says:

    These guys are all in their 70s and 80s. Time to pass the torch.

  15. NH says:

    It is a business, but one founded on certain principles and one is : “you take care of your own.” The show would do better to transition them out slowly than to cast them aside entirely. Let them pass a few torches. They are American Icons, please treat them accordingly.

  16. Karen Poplawski says:

    I cannot believe they are not regulars. I grew up on Sesame Street and loved those characters and still do. It’s a shame and they should be brought back immediately and apologized to.