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The private matter known as Kevin Clash’s sexuality has now become too public for Clash and the executive at Sesame workshop. Clash resigned from the show today, according to news reports. After initially standing by Clash, Sesame Workshop officials and Clash agreed it was best for them to part ways. Sesame Workshop released the following statement:

“Sesame Workshop’s mission is to harness the educational power of media to help all children the world over reach their highest potential. Kevin Clash has helped us achieve that mission for 28 years, and none of us, especially Kevin, want anything to divert our attention from our focus on serving as a leading educational organization.

Unfortunately, the controversy surrounding Kevin’s personal life has become a distraction that none of us want, and he has concluded that he can no longer be effective in his job and has resigned from Sesame Street. This is a sad day for Sesame Street.”

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