Not everyone is tickled by ex-Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash’s alleged behavior.
Workplace allegations against the former Sesame Street establishment have surfaced via a bombshell story in the Hollywood Reporter.
A puppet wrangler who worked on the set of the Disney+ series Earth to Ned told the publication that on his first day on the job in November 2019, he was advised to avoid Clash, 61, by another wrangler.
The veteran professional reportedly warned the other worker never to speak to Clash directly.
“He’s known among other puppeteers to be very spirited and friendly,” the wrangler claimed to THR. “But when it came to Wrangler, I’m told he tends to be condescending and mean.”
The wrangler later reportedly came across Clash’s hot temper and said the latter yelled at him on set.
“He yelled at me for leaving a voicemail for someone’s kid as Elmo,” he told the reporter. “I think I was standing too close to him. He told me to ‘shut up’.”
Clash and the Jim Henson Company, which produced the show, have not yet responded to the reporter about the allegations. The Post has also reached out to Clash and the company for comment.
“Sesame Street” puppeteer, writer and director Joey Mazzarino opened up about his own moments with Clash that didn’t square with rumors about his temper.
“My experience with Kevin is that he’s super generous, always teaching new cast members how to puppet, loves to make you laugh in the scene, and just super helpful,” he said.
He worked his way through Elmo, voicing the creature on “Sesame Street” from 1984 to 2012. He left the show in 2012 after four men filed lawsuits against him alleging sexual abuse.
While denying the claims, Clash has been accused of having sexual relations with the individuals when they were minors. However, due to the statute of limitations, the proceedings were discontinued.
Clash has worked as a puppeteer for The Jim Henson Company on several projects including the 2018 film The Happytime Murders, the Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Apple TV’s Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock” and “Earth to Ned.”