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Just in time for the Muppets 60th anniversary year and the anniversary of Jim Henson’s birthday, which falls this week, “The Muppets” are headed back into primetime — and as it goes in their world, Kermit and friends are getting a lot of attention, specifically for the breakup between the famous frog and Miss Piggy.
Turns out, for longtime Muppet fans, the split of the summer comes as no surprise. Kermit and Miss Piggy actually broke up back in the ’90s, though the story didn’t get nearly as much attention as it did today, due to Henson’s sudden death.
“In May of 1990, there was a big publicity stunt done by the Muppets and the stunt was that Kermit and Piggy broke up when Piggy announced she was breaking up with Kermit,” Henson’s daughter Lisa Henson, who runs The Jim Henson Company with her siblings, tells Variety.
That publicity campaign was called “The Pig of the Nineties.” It was pushed out with a press release on May 10, less than one week before Henson passed away on May 16, 1990, causing the company to drop the campaign.
“I feel like Bill Prady is picking up literally where my father left off,” Henson says of ABC’s “The Muppets” creator, who began his writing career at Jim Henson’s Muppets. “For insiders, it’s particularly interesting.”