Kevin Jeffrey Clash (b. September 17, 1960) is an accomplished puppeteer whose characters include Elmo, Clifford and Hoots the Owl. He served as Sesame Street Muppet Captain and co-executive producer for several years, and was promoted to "senior creative advisor" at Sesame Workshop in May 2007. The 2011 documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey chronicles Clash's life as a puppeteer.
Clash resigned from Sesame Street in November 2012 in response to two allegations that he had sexual relationships with teenage boys.
Sesame Workshop released a statement about Clash's resignation on November 20:
"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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