Writer Finally Comes Forth With Truth About Bert & Ernie’s Relationship
Beloved "Sesame Street" roommates Bert and Ernie are more than friends writer Mark Saltzman said Bert and Ernie's relationship was modeled after when I was writing Bert and Ernie, they were," Saltzman told Queerty. And that got passed around, and everyone had their chuckle and went Speculation about Bert and Ernie's sexuality and relationship has long. Bert and Ernie are two puppets who appear together in numerous skits on the popular U.S. Bert and Ernie were built by Don Sahlin from a simple design scribbled by According to writer Jon Stone, the relationship between Bert and Ernie.
It was later on he came out and everyone realized he actually existed. That happened while I was there, yeah. The Sublime Miss M We wish! I created her based on Bette Midler.
Sesame Street says Bert and Ernie's relationship status is not complicated
I mean, what could be gayer? I think that was Fran Brill [performing her]. The only way it would have been gayer is if it had been Richard Hunt. Do you have any great guest star stories?
I was, as usual, tongue tied and star struck in front of a legend of this magnitude, but I stayed close during shooting. Mostly trimming lines; he was not comfortable acting.
But when he played on screen for a group of kids, they were mesmerized. When we were done, the trumpeter, as trumpeters do, emptied his spit valve.Sesame Street: How They Became Bert & Ernie (Fresh Prince of Bel Air Parody)
One of the kids was fascinated, riveted to the falling thread of drool. And what about Patti Labelle? I even brought him to the set that day. This brings back a third-degree memory cringe…this must have caused by XGFS Xtreme Gay Fanboy Syndome but that day was the only time in my TV career that I ran in front of a live camera and ruined a take.
Wait, how did you do that? You forget where you are and forget to check which camera is taping — there were several on the floor. I tell you this as a cautionary tale — scoff all you want, but this will happen to you some day.
Who will that diva be? Does Bill Condon count as a diva? I know you understand the syndrome! What was it like working with Jim? I got to know him better on The Jim Henson Hour, but he was hard to know.
So with a lot of them, the puppet was the communicator.
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Did it go down? There was a calypso rhythm. He was like that with all the writers. I think that with the puppeteers he could be closer, then the designers, then, I think the writers.
Did you get to know them at all? I should have been friends with Richard Hunt, you know… There was something gay and yet not bonding about it. Certainly not Carroll Spinney [performer of Big Bird]…they were all friendly and we had a good working relationship. And this could have been me…this could have been me being timid. They were actual stars.
Were you flirty with Richard, when you met? It was the opposite. You know, I put the blame on myself. And I mean healthy flirting, not MeToo ass grabbing. My suspicion is Richard may have perceived me as someone who rebuffed him. Placido Flamingo You wrote some characters for Richard.
He was Placido Flamingo, who you created. What was he doing to flirt with you? Well, we were in a dressing room, and he was getting into his costume for [Sweetums, the full body Muppet costume].
And I think when I realized when I was in the room…and here I am, closeted. And nobody can freak out about a gay pass like a closeted man. Like, a straight guy can roll with it, even back then. He was just showing interest. I was too immature, even to find a gay buddy. When he died I found out we were almost exactly the same age, and born within blocks of each other.
And all this…we should have been closer. Who were your favorite characters to write? She was reactive; the sensible human in a world of chaos. There was enough authority or something, but I look back now, and some of my favorite things I look back on now were for her. He just would have to come out in the Queen Elizabeth costume, or whatever Prairie put him in and recite his lines Did you write Elmo sketches? I did, but he was never one of my favorites.
I got to know him on Jim Henson Hour. I was absolutely flabbergasted when I heard. I was definitely fooled. There was just so much about Kevin—he had a real artist kind of way into the whole thing. He was more internalized, which now, looking back, might have been closeted.
He had a wife, and that seemed to be the end of it. At that point, it might have been somebody I could have helped along. For example, in one sketch, Ernie tells Bert he started to collect ice cubes the day before, and put them under the electric blanket overnight. When he shows the ice cubes to Bert, he finds out that they have melted into water.
Bert knows what has happened, and tries to tell Ernie that his ice cubes melted because of the electric blanket, but Ernie takes this to mean that a fish from the ocean came into the apartment and melted his ice cubes, and vows to find the non-existent fish that melted them, leading Bert, just after Ernie has run out of their apartment after the fish, to murmur sardonically, "Go get him, Ernie.
Sesame Street Live performer Taylor Morgan said in an interview that "I just kind of try to think like a six year old or a seven year old, because that's how old Bert is.
SinceMuppeteer Eric Jacobson has been phased in as Bert's primary performer after Oz retired from most of his Muppet duties to focus on directing Oz, however, did continue to perform the character occasionally. Bert has one large eyebrow. From toMuppeteer Steve Whitmire took on the role of Ernie following the death of Henson in InBilly Barkhurst took on the role of Ernie; currently, the character is performed by Peter Linz.
Ernie is a "live hand puppet", meaning that while operating the head of the puppet with his right hand, the puppeteer inserts his left hand into a T shaped sleeve, capped off with a glove that matches the fabric "skin" of the puppet, thus "becoming" the left arm of the puppet.
A second puppeteer usually provides the right arm. Ernie's performance of " Rubber Duckie ," wherein he sings affectionately about his squeaking toy duck and the joy it brings him during bath time, became a modest mainstream hit, reaching No.
Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations. Statements consisting only of original research should be removed. June Learn how and when to remove this template message Bert and Ernie are among a handful of Sesame Street specific Muppets to also appear on The Muppet Showmaking occasional cameo appearances, such as at the end of The Muppets Valentine Showthe pilot episode for the series.
While several other Muppets featured on Sesame Street such as Kermit the Frog would crossover into the other program, Bert and Ernie were primarily confined to the occasional cameo. Sexual orientation discussion[ edit ] Bert and Ernie live together in an apartment located in the basement of Sesame Street.
Despite sleeping in separate beds, they share the same bedroom, which has led to some speculation that they are a representation of gay lovers. This is repeatedly denied by Sesame Workshop  and some of Bert's interactions with female characters do appear to show that he is attracted to women, like serenading Connie Stevens in the Some Enchanted Evening segment of a first-season episode of The Muppet Showand recording a song about his girlfriend, I Want to Hold Your Ear, which was released on several albums.
In SeptemberMark Saltzmanone of the script and songwriters for Sesame Street, alleged in an interview with Queerty that Bert and Ernie were analogues for his own intimate relationship with film editor Arnold Glassman,   despite the fact that he did not begin writing for Sesame Street until fifteen years after Bert's and Ernie's first appearance. Sesame Workshop responded by claiming that Bert and Ernie have no sexual orientations because they are both puppets. But why that question?
Does it really matter? Why the need to define people as only gay? There's much more to a human being than just straightness or gayness.