TV news has a long and illustrious history of having fictional characters on as guests while pretending they are actually real. Below is a curated selection of some favorite moments.
Kermit’s other half Miss Piggy on NBC’s “Today” talking about her “career”:
Kermit the Frog on CNN’s “The Situation Room” arguing for inter-species relationships:
The infamous ALF interview on “O’Reilly”:
Serious news anchor Erin Burnett interviews puppet presidential candidate Marvin Quasniki:
And, of course, the characters of Avenue Q on MSNBC:
Avenue Q wasn’t the first attempt at parodying Bert and Ernie’s intimate roommate relationship. This 2002 short film by Peter Spears ran at the Sundance Film Festival, but was kept from further distribution when its director was served a cease and desist order by Sesame Workshop’s lawyers. The short is based loosely on The Children’s Hour, a tragic play by Lillian Hellman about unrequited love between two women.
A concise timeline of 12 scandals that have shaken what audiences like to perceive as the idyllic muppet-filled world of Sesame Street.