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Kevin Clash's Elmo makes an appearance during Michael Buble's Christmas special

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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Third man comes forward, accuses Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of sexual abuse

A third accuser has come forward against Kevin Clash, the Elmo puppeteer who resigned from Sesame Street last week after a second accusation of having a sexual relationship with a minor.

This new accuser, known currently as “John,” 28, filed a lawsuit in Manhattan today, per TMZ. John accuses Clash of having a sexual relationship with him when he was still 16. John is represented by Jeff Herman, the same lawyer who represents Cecil Singleton, who last week also accused Clash of an underage sexual relationship.

EW reached out to a rep for Clash, who said, “Mr. Clash believes this lawsuit has no merit.”

UPDATE: Michael Berger, Clash’s attorney, told EW: “The federal cases filed against Kevin Clash are without merit. The cases and Mr. Clash’s reputation will be defended vigorously.”

Read more:
Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash resigns from ‘Sesame Street’
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