'Sesame Street' parts ways with three longtime cast members

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After 45 years, 'Sesame Street' Cuts Original Cast Members

"Sesame Street" is saying farewell to three longtime cast members — Bob McGrath, aka "Bob," Emilio Delgado ("Luis") and Roscoe Orman ("Gordon"). McGrath had been part of the show since it premiered in 1969, Delgado made his debut in 1971, and Orman joined the show in 1974.

According to MuppetCast, McGrath broke the news at a recent convention, stating, "As of this season, I have completed my 45th season this year. And the show has gone under a major turnaround, going from an hour to a half hour. HBO has gotten involved also. And they let all of the original cast members go, with the exception of Alan Muraoka — who is probably 20 years younger than the rest of us — and Chris Knowings, who is also young."

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: Bob McGrath attends the 11th annual Sesame Street Workshop Benefit Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on May 29, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Emilio Delgado 'Luis' attend SiriusXM's Town Hall with original cast members from Sesame Street commemorating the 45th anniversary of the celebrated series debut on public television moderated by Weekend TODAY co-anchor Erica Hill on October 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: Bob McGrath attends the 11th annual Sesame Street Workshop Benefit Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on May 29, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 06: Actor Roscoe Orman accepts Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming Award for 'Sesame Street' onstage during the 27th Annual Television Critics Association Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 6, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - 1970: Actor and singer Bob McGrath rehearses for an episode of Sesame Street at Reeves TeleTape Studio in 1970 in New York City, New York. (Photo by David Attie/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 17: (L-R) Sesame Street cast members Bob McGrath and Emilio Delgado appear onstage during Breaking Barriers: The 20th Anniversary Of The National Urban Technology Center Gala Awards Dinner at Gotham Hall on June 17, 2015, in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
Emilio Delgado from the 'Sesame Street' cast during The 78th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade at Manhattan in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by David Pomponio/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - MAY 27: Actor Roscoe Orman poses with Elmo at the 7th annual gala benefiting the Sesame Workshop at Cipriani 42nd Street on May 27, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
Bob McGrath, 'Sesame Street Bob' during Down Syndrome Themed Storytime at Barnes & Noble, One of 500 B&N Events to Raise Down Syndrome Awareness at Barnes & Noble - Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 06: Actor Roscoe Orman accepts Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming Award for 'Sesame Street' onstage during the 27th Annual Television Critics Association Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 6, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: Bob McGrath attends the 11th annual Sesame Street Workshop Benefit Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on May 29, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
"Gordon" Roscoe Orman, right, talks with Rosita, left, and Elmo during a performance at the National Museum of American History in Washington, Tuesday Feb. 23, 1999, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Sesame Street, which may be the world's single most popular children's program which can be seen in 83 countries. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 26: Elmo and Roscoe Orman aka Gordon Robinson attend the Sesame Workshop's 'Little Children, Big Challenges' Outreach Launch at Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on May 26, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/FilmMagic)
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Sesame Workshop denied any interference from HBO in a statement: "Bob McGrath, Emilio Delgado ("Luis") and Roscoe Orman ("Gordon") remain a beloved part of the Sesame family and continue to represent us at public events. To us, and for millions of people worldwide, they are a treasured part of Sesame Street. Since the show began, we are constantly evolving our content and curriculum, and hence, our characters, to meet the educational needs of children. As a result of this, our cast has changed over the years, though you can still expect to see many of them in upcoming productions. As we've stated previously, Sesame Workshop retains sole creative control over the show. HBO does not oversee the production."

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401643 02: Actress Sonia Manzano, who plays Maria Rodriquez on the childrens television show 'Sesame Street,' and the muppet Grover lauch the new 'Super Grover' sandwich in honor of the 4,000th 'Sesame Street' episode February 27, 2002 at the Stage Deli in New York City. (Photo by George De Sota/Getty Images)
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FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2001 file photo, original muppet characters Bert, left, and Ernie, from the children's program "Sesame Street," are shown in New York. Sesame Street continues to attract millions of viewers after 45 years on the air, appealing to both preschoolers and their parents with content that is educational and entertaining. The show has kept up with the times by making its segments faster-paced, by fine-tuning messages, and by keeping a steady flow of appearances by contemporary celebrity guests. The show first aired Nov. 10, 1969. (AP Photo/Beth A. Keiser, file)
Sesame Street Bob McGrath cuts a 30th anniversary cake with the Cookie Monster, left, and Ernie, right, during a concert at Sesame Place theme park in Langhorne Pa., Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998. McGrath was one of the original cast members of the Childrens show "Sesame Street" which is in its 30th year on public television. (AP Photo/Sesame Place, Tim Shaffer)
** FILE ** In this April 10, 2008 file photo, Big Bird reads to Connor Scott and Tiffany Jiao during a taping of Sesame Street in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)
Rosita, left, talks to Elmo and his father Louie during a taping of a Sesame Street production Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007 in New York. Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization that produces the hit kids' show, is working on a DVD that will be distributed to military families. It's designed to help injured veterans talk about their disabilities with their children. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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Cheech Marin, left, and Ruth Buzzi, right, join Oscar the Grouch top, and Telly Monster during a taping of "Sesame Street" in 1994. (AP Photo/ho/Children's Television Workshop)
Television personality and director Penny Marshall, right, shares the spotlight with Sesame Street characters Rosita, left, and Elmo at New York's Fashion Cafe on Wednesday, July 30, 1997. Marshall and the characters were on hand to promote Sesame Street fashions to be featured at Kmart this fall. (AP Photo/John Bellissimo)
Hillary Clinton poses on November 18, 1993, with Rosita and Big Bird right, two residents of PBS " Sesame Street", during a visit to the Children's show. (AP Photo/Don Perdue)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: (L-R) Elmo, Grover and Abby Cadabby of Sesame Street visit at SiriusXM Studios on September 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rommel Demano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Sesame Street muppets Raya (L) and Elmo attend VIP Lounge at the 2014 Global Citizen Festival to end extreme poverty by 2030 in Central Park on September 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Sesame Street's Snuffleupagus visits 'Good Morning America,' 9/12/14, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) SARA HAINES, SNUFFLEUPAGUS
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28: TV journalist Barbara Walters attends the 12th Annual Sesame Workshop Benefit Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on May 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28: Creator of Sesame Street Joan Ganz Cooney and singer Michael Buble attend the 12th Annual Sesame Workshop Benefit Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on May 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28: President of the Jim Henson Foundation Cheryl Henson attends the 12th Annual Sesame Workshop Benefit Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on May 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/FilmMagic)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 12: Karla Martinez, Cookie Monster, Lola and Ana Patricia Gonzalez are seen during Sesame Street's visit of Univision's 'Despierta America' at Univision Headquarters on July 12, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: President of the Jim Henson Foundation, Cheryl Henson attends the 11th annual Sesame Street Workshop Benefit Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on May 29, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: Bob McGrath attends the 11th annual Sesame Street Workshop Benefit Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on May 29, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01: Gary Knell, President and CEO of Sesame Workshop attends the 9th annual Sesame Workshop Benefit Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on June 1, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 08: Journalist Katie Couric (C) poses between two Sesame Street Muppets and children at the tree planting ceremony at Madison Square Park on April 8, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 04: Sesame Street characters attend the temporary street renaming to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Sesame Street Live on 31st Street & 8th Avenue on February 4, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight, (12:05 - 1:05 a.m., ET), following 'Nightline,' featuring a diverse lineup of guests that include celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 included actor Josh Jackson ('Fringe'), Big Bird (Sesame Street's 40th Anniversary) and musical guest Ghostface Killah featuring Raheem DeVaughn. (Photo by Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) JOSH JACKSON, BIG BIRD, JIMMY KIMMEL
In this photo provided by StarPix, from left to right, Bert and Ernie, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby and Zoe show everyone how to get to Sesame Street as they rename the corner of 31st Street and 8th Avenue "Sesame Street" on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010 of Sesame Street Live "When Elmo Grows Up", playing at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, February 4-15, 2010. (AP Photo/Amanda Schwab, StarPix)
A Sesame Street Afghan muppet called Zari is seen in this handout image provided to Reuters on April 1, 2016. Zari, a curious and lively girl whose name means "shimmering" in both the Dari and Pashto languages, makes her debut on April 7, 2016 on the "Baghch-e-Simsim" Afghan local co-production of the long-running U.S. educational TV show for pre-schoolers.REUTERS/Sesame Workshop/John E. Barrett/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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