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Not-so-exclusive: Kermit tells all!

Wednesday, November 27, 2002

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor

He's America's favorite frog, a star of screens large and small (apologies to The WB mascot, Michigan J. Frog). Monday afternoon Kermit the Frog participated in a teleconference in support of his new TV project, NBC's "It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie" (8 p.m. Friday).

From his romances to America's foreign policy, here are some of the questions reporters asked Kermit, along with his insightful answers.

What were the holidays like for you growing up?

I have a huge family and it was being added to all the time. Us frogs have thousands and thousands of relatives. When people would come visit, it'd take us, like, a whole week just to hang up the coats.

What have you been doing lately? We haven't seen much of you.

We may have a new series on the air soon. We're working with Fox. ...

Do you worry at all that people will forget you when you're out of the public eye?

I tend to find when I do things, people know who I am. When you're 2 feet tall and green, you don't get confused with a lot of other people, except maybe some of the politicians out there.

Were there any Christmas specials you watched as a kid?

It was interesting growing up in a swamp, because we don't have electricity. It's kind of dangerous; it's easy to get fried that way.

How would you handle the Iraq situation, since you seem to get along with everybody?

The real answer is, I don't have a clue. But I can give you an analogy. One of the things that happens in the swamp is you can be the most enlightened frog in the world and forward-thinking and do nothing but meditate, but if you crawl up on a rock next to an alligator, he's going to eat you. We've just got to look out for alligators.

As you get older, is it easier being green?

I've actually learned to embrace being green. So, unfortunately, has Miss Piggy, which can make it a little difficult.

What's the nature of your relationship with Miss Piggy? And be specific.

This is probably the area that's hardest for me to get into. The truth of the matter is, I'll admit there was a time when there was a spark between Piggy and me, but that was 25 years ago. We still work together. We have a professional relationship; she thinks we have a relationship and I think it's professional. I've heard rumors that after the holidays she's planning a romantic getaway in which she tries to be romantic and I try to get away. I get cold feet, and that's not that atypical for a frog anyway.

You were in a recent commercial for a restaurant chain (Denny's) that serves ham and bacon. Does that cause any trouble for you?

You could almost call it a conflict of interest, not for me so much as for a certain pig. Fortunately, she didn't order those things. But I figure we're all part of a food chain and if you end up on a Grand Slam Breakfast plate, what are you going to do?

Any vices?

Yeah, I've got them clamped on my work table downstairs.

Rob Owen can be reached at rowen@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2582. Post questions or comments to http://www.post-gazette.com/tv under TV Forum.

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