- Associated Press - Sunday, September 20, 2015

LELAND, Miss. (AP) - When the curator of the Jim Henson Museum in Leland, Mississippi, got a call about ABC’s planned break-up between Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, she thought it was a prank. Then a woman walked in, saying she’d driven nearly 300 miles to check on the Muppets in person.

The caller just asked, “Did you know Miss Piggy and Kermit broke up?” Stephanie Park told The Clarion-Ledger (https://on.thec-l.com/1iq8bmC).

“I thought it was a prank call, so I said something sarcastic and hung up,” said Park, who began working at the museum just over a year ago.

Then the woman arrived, saying she’d driven from Slidell, Louisiana, about 280 miles from Leland.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Park said. “I said something like, ‘But they’re puppets,’ and she said, ‘But I just had to check on them.’ She looked around the museum for about 45 minutes, bought a toy Kermit, said, ‘I feel better,’ and left.”

ABC’s “The Muppets,” which debuts on Tuesday, is a mockumentary-style sitcom in which Miss Piggy hosts a talk show produced by Kermit. And, the network has said, it starts with the two not together, and Kermit in an office romance with another pig - an ABC marketing executive named Denise.

The museum opened in 1991 to honor the Muppets creator, who died in 1990.

It gets as many visitors from overseas as from the United States, said Park and museum director Ashley Zepponi.

“It’s almost like a universal language everyone seems to speak,” Zepponi said. “They all know and love Kermit the Frog.”


Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com

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