One of the longest-running relationships in show business has sadly come to an end: Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy publicly announced that they have broken up. The news comes just a month before The Muppets TV reboot premieres on ABC, and while there hasn’t been a specific cause listed, rumors abound that pressure from the show along with their resurgent celebrity had put a strain on the relationship.
The two began dating in 1974 when the original Muppet Show pilots were shot, and they enjoyed an on-again / off-again romance during the show’s five season run. They later starred together in countless other TV series and specials, often rekindling their romance throughout their eight-movie run. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. The duo released this statement on their Facebook pages:
After careful thought, thoughtful consideration and considerable squabbling, Miss Piggy made the difficult decision to terminate our romantic relationship. We will continue to work together on television (“The Muppets”/Tuesdays 8pm this fall on ABC) and in all media now known or hereafter devised, in perpetuity, throughout the universe. However, our personal lives are now distinct and separate, and we will be seeing other people, pigs, frogs, et al. This is our only comment on this private matter. Thank you for your understanding.
Adding to the drama, the two appeared together at a Television Critics Association panel Tuesday, where Kermit revealed his new “girlfriend” works in marketing at ABC.
Below are two videos for the new show, which will no doubt follow the couples’ relationship — as many reality shows do these days. The first is the official trailer announcing the launch. The second is a slightly longer video, a secret presentation that The Muppets used to convince ABC to pick up the series.
Though most of us can agree that we were saddened to hear about the Kermit and Miss Piggy break up, we are excited to see how they will work together in the upcoming series.