Three long-time Sesame Street cast members are being dumped a year after the show partnered with HBO.
They are: Bob McGrath, aka “Bob,” Emilio Delgado (“Luis”) and Roscoe Orman (“Gordon”).
McGrath has been part of the show since it premiered in 1969, Delgado made his debut in 1971, and Orman joined the show in 1974.
“As of this season, I have completed my 45th season this year. And the show has gone under a major turnaround, going from an hour to a half hour. HBO has gotten involved also. And they let all of the original cast members go, with the exception of Alan Muraoka — who is probably 20 years younger than the rest of us — and Chris Knowings, who is also young.”
Sesame Workshop denied any interference from HBO in a statement: “Bob McGrath, Emilio Delgado (“Luis”) and Roscoe Orman (“Gordon”) remain a beloved part of the Sesame family and continue to represent us at public events. To us, and for millions of people worldwide, they are a treasured part of Sesame Street. Since the show began, we are constantly evolving our content and curriculum, and hence, our characters, to meet the educational needs of children. As a result of this, our cast has changed over the years, though you can still expect to see many of them in upcoming productions. As we’ve stated previously, Sesame Workshop retains sole creative control over the show. HBO does not oversee the production.”
PBS CEO Paula Kerger said during Television Critics Association press tour “As you know, Sesame Street is produced by Sesame Workshop, an independent production company.
“The casting decision was made by them. We did not know about it beforehand. We found out about it after.”
Last year HBO and Sesame Workshop partnered to make the next five seasons of the iconic children’s show.