01:29 PM EDT 05/06/2013
Originally posted 05/01/2013 11:45AM
CBS soap The Young and the Restless leads the pack for the 40th annual Daytime Emmy awards with 23 nominations, the academy announced Wednesday. They are followed by ABC rival General Hospital with 19.
The award ceremony will be held June 16 in Beverly Hills, Calif., televised for the second year on the cable network HLN.
PBS' venerable children's show Sesame Street and the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives both earned 17 nominations.
Originally posted 02/04/2013 03:30PM
There's been plenty of drama on Downton Abbey this season but nothing compared to the challenges facing the residents of Upside Downton Abbey.
In a Sesame Street spoof of the hit PBS show, a Dowager Countess of Grantham lookalike requests several items from her butler, Carson, including tea, crumpets and a steak and kidney pie.
"I live to serve," he says, bringing her the food and drink. But each time the items fall to the ceiling because, the puppets discuss, everything is upside down on Upside Downton Abbey.
Originally posted 11/20/2012 11:55AM
Kevin Clash, the voice and puppeteer behind Elmo on Sesame Street, has resigned.
"I am resigning from Sesame Workshop with a very heavy heart. I have loved every day of my 28 years working for this exceptional organization," 52-year-old Clash said in a statement Tuesday.
"Personal matters have diverted attention away from the important work Sesame Street is doing and I cannot allow it to go on any longer. I am deeply sorry to be leaving and am looking forward to resolving these personal matters privately."
Originally posted 11/13/2012 06:00PM
Kevin Clash is no longer facing a claim that he was involved in an underage sexual relationship.
The puppeteer, 52, who is the voice of Elmo on Sesame Street, was granted a leave of absence from the long-running program amid an accusation from an unidentified male that Clash was having sex with him at age 16.
On Tuesday the law firm that represents the accuser released a statement to the Los Angeles Times, recanting the claim.
Originally posted 11/12/2012 12:00PM
The puppeteer who performs as the Sesame Street character Elmo has been granted a leave of absence from his job amid allegations he had an improper relationship with a 16-year-old boy.
Kevin Clash denies the allegations first reported by TMZ but says that he had a consensual relationship with a man, who is now 23, that occurred when the accuser was of legal age.
"I am a gay man. I have never been ashamed of this or tried to hide it, but felt it was a personal and private matter," Clash, 52, tells PEOPLE in a statement via his personal rep.
Originally posted 08/24/2012 01:15PM
It's a sad day for numbers.
Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer known for playing the instructional Count von Count on Sesame Street, died Thursday of unspecified causes, according to CBC Radio-Canada. He was 78.
Besides the non-threatening vampire, Nelson, a Tulsa native who grew up in Washington, D.C., also performed Gobo Fraggle on Fraggle Rock and The Muppet Show's Sgt. Floyd Pepper of the Electric Mayhem band; "Pigs in Space" stalwart Dr. Julius Strangepork; Kermit the Frog's nephew Robin; and Gonzo's girlfriend Camilla the Chicken, among other roles, says the site.
Originally posted 11/15/2011 05:55AM
You can take the girl out of Sesame Street, but you can't take the Sesame Street out of the girl. Though her sketch with Elmo was famously cut from the show last year, Katy Perry still supported her furry friend, catching the documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey on Saturday at the Laemmle Sunset 5 theaters in West Hollywood. The singer arrived solo in black boots, jeans, a gray knit sweater and sunglasses and purchased two tickets; husband Russell Brand joined her a few minutes later. – Jessica Wedemeyer
Originally posted 09/28/2010 08:00AM
Katy, meet Polly.
Long before a cleavage-baring Katy Perry, 25, sent parents into a tizzy for her recent rendition of her hit "Hot N Cold" alongside Elmo, Sesame Street featured a busty guest of its own creation: Polly Darton.
Modeled after Dolly Parton, the country singer known for her own ample assets, Polly Darton cropped up on the children's program from 1981 to 1993.
Billed as "the sweetest little package in down-home country goodness," Polly Darton parodied some of Parton's greatest hits, including "9 to 5," whose lyrics had been tweaked for the show's preschool audience to "counting [from] 1 to 5."
Originally posted 09/23/2010 10:55AM
Sing along with us: "Can you tell me how to dress … how to dress on Sesame Street?"
That's the question of the day for the iconic children's TV show and its latest celebrity guest, Katy Perry.
The pop star filmed a segment with Elmo for the show (including a kid-friendly duet of her hit "Hot N Cold" with the muppet), but when it appeared online, parents lashed out about the pop star's outfit.
The lime green mini dress in question may be relatively tame by Perry standards, but parents argued that their children are too young for a lesson in c-l-e-a-v-a-g-e.
Originally posted 11/09/2009 08:45AM
Oscar the Grouch had better behave – and keep his political opinions to himself.
On Tuesday, to mark the 40th anniversary of the groundbreaking children's program Sesame Street, some very special guests pay a visit, including First Lady Michelle Obama. According to previews circulating the Net, she meets Big Bird – who observes that the two of them are tall.
Mrs. Obama also delivers a message that may not entirely sit well with Cookie Monster.
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