The Elmo show must go on in the wake of a fourth sexual abuse accusation against Kevin Clash, the longtime puppeteer for Sesame Street who recently resigned.
During Michael Bublé’s pre-taped Christmas special last night on NBC, Michael Bublé: Home for the Holidays, Bublé sang a duet with Clash-as-Elmo.
“There was never a discussion to lose him,” Bublé told Xfinity. [Bublé and NBC did not respond to EW's request for comment]. “The truth is, Elmo didn’t do anything. He’s a three-year-old monster. He’s innocent, sweet, and funny — and very polite, too….the deal is that Elmo is featured on my special and that’s kind of how I really felt about it. [The performance is] so warm and sweet. It really is a beautiful moment. I think people will enjoy it.”
This won’t be the last we see of Clash’s Elmo. In addition to the current season of Sesame Street (which airs through the spring), much of next season is already taped, and will still air as planned.
A rep for Clash did not respond to EW’s request for comment.
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