The return of Kermit the Frog

It ain't easy being green.

Kermit the Frog and his Muppet cohorts haven’t graced the silver screen since 1999’s “Muppets from Space.” So where has the amphibious star been hiding? If his film, “The Muppets,” is any indication, Kermit has become a hermit, cloistered in the massive Beverly Hills mansion he used to share with Miss Piggy (now an editor at French Vogue), speaking to almost no one besides his 1980s robot butler/chauffeur. But the famous frog wants to make it clear that the mansion and the seclusion are all for show.  

In the film, you’re portrayed as rich and out of touch. How true to life is that?

Well, that’s actually not true at all. We felt like that made a better sort of idea for the story; but no, that’s not true. I think my fans know who I really am. I’m a pretty simple frog. When I’m not working, I go back to the swamp, relax and take it easy. I’m not really a part of the whole Hollywood scene, and I’ve never felt the need to have a big mansion.

Metro’s logo is green. Do you think it would be easier for us if we’d chosen a different color?

Well, I don’t know. I think you guys should stick to green. As I say, it’s the color of spring, it’s beautiful. I have no choice, so let’s just say you have no choice also.

Are there any causes that are close to your heart?

Well, obviously the environment. I mean, I’m a frog. Us frogs are sort of the barometers for the environment, like the canaries they used to take into the coal mines.

In this political climate, how do you think it would be received if a frog were to marry, say, a pig?

The truth is I think it’s probably not legal in most states … But that’s probably a lucky thing for me in the long run, you know? I don’t think Piggy and I are actually going to tie the old knot, so to speak. So, I’m not pushing for it.

Does she know that?

Does she know I’m not pushing for it? I think she knows. I think she’s, as they say on “Dr. Phil,” in denial. By the way, I can only tell you this because she’s in a separate room. If she were here, I’d have to go along with it.

No reality stars for ‘The Muppet Show’

With early buzz on “The Muppets” strong and positive, talk has quickly turned to the possibility of bringing back the show that started it all, “The Muppet Show.” The original series ran from 1976 to 1981 and featured an impressive run of guest stars. So if the show were to return, who would Kermit like to see stop by?

“I look back at the old shows, and we had the top Hollywood folks,” Kermit remembers. “Hopefully we could get the same kind of caliber of stars now — the few that are left out there, you know? Nothing against reality TV, but I think if we did nothing but the Kardashians on ‘The Muppet Show,’ it would be a little strange. So I hope we get the Tom Cruises and the Harrison Fords, you know?”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Cabbie tried to sexually assault passenger with kids…

NYPD is on the lookout for a taxi driver suspected of trying to sexually assault a female passenger while her three kids were in the car.

Breaking: National

Peter Theo Curtis: American released by Syrian militants…

An American writer freed this week from two years in the captivity of insurgents in Syria spoke briefly outside his family's Cambridge home Wednesday of…

Local

FDNY debuts new fire simulator for blazes at…

The New York City Fire Department christened its newest, state-of-the-art, custom-built simulator at its training academy on Randall's Island Tuesday.

Local

Bronx cop saves baby who stopped breathing

A Bronx police officer is credited with saving the life of a 2-month-old baby who stopped breathing Tuesday morning. Police Officer Johnny Castillo, 38, was…

Entertainment

QUIZ: How many English words do you actually…

Are you as smart as you say you are? Are you a word nerd? Take this quick vocabulary test to find out if you're a true wordsmith. Good luck.

Television

'Pretty Little Liars' recap: Season 5, Episode 12,…

If you've wondered whether Ali and Bethany knew each other, you got an answer tonight: Yes, and in a very tangled way. But many lingering…

Entertainment

Cymbals Eat Guitars Have Everything to 'LOSE'

At its most basic level, a rock band can be thought of as a family, a group of people selflessly devoted to a cause. When…

Entertainment

"Bachelor in Paradise" recap: Episode 4, 'Week Four'

Some things are hard to watch in a “Human Centipede” sort of way. Other things in an “American History X” sort of way. Does “Bachelor…

College

When are 2014 college football playoffs? (Schedule, date,…

When and where are 2014 college football playoffs? A look at the schedule, date, TV, time for the semi-finals at championship game.

NFL

Dimitri Patterson suspended only for rest of preseason…

Dimitri Patterson ended up getting just a slap on the wrist.

Sports

Eugenie Bouchard excited for 'rowdy' fans at US…

Eugenie Bouchard is sure to endear herself to New York's tennis faithful as she tries to win her first grand slam title across the next two weeks.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: Angels and A's still at…

MLB Power Rankings: Angels and A's still at top, Nationals climb

Wellbeing

Who is having the most orgasms?

  Single lesbians report having orgasms more often than heterosexual women but both gay and straight men still come out on top of the climax…

Home

Jonathan Adler shares his tips for a great…

Jonathan Adler took a break from boogie boarding at his beach house to tell us how to keep that Labor Day party festive.

Travel

Most popular Labor Day weekend destinations

Priceline.com released its Top 20 destinations for the end of summer, including Labor Day weekend. If you’re heading to any of these spots, expect a…

Wellbeing

Working your way to type 2 diabetes: Job…

When it comes to type 2 diabetes, a stressful job can be as risky for your health as a bad diet and no exercise. A…