New Kermit the Frog voice actor's debut gets mixed reviews

Matt Vogel is quickly learning just how difficult being green really is.

Muppet fans are having mixed feelings about the voice actor, who officially replaced controversial puppeteer Steve Whitmire in July.

Vogel made his debut as Kermit the Frog on Monday, in a video titled "Muppet Thought of the Week."

He delivered an inspiring message about the many directions life can take a person after a brief introduction by Uncle Deadly, another one of Vogel's characters.

"Dreams are how we figure out where we want to go. Life is how we get there," he says in the short clip. "I'm headed this way."

Fans flocked to the YouTube comments section and social media to weigh in on Vogel's portrayal of the iconic character. Some praised his performance, suggesting he sounded just like Whitmire and Jim Henson, while others were utterly unimpressed.

"Uh….. Matt's Kermit sounds like Ernie from Sesame Street," one displeased commenter noted.

"He doesn't sound that bad. He doesn't sound that good either," another said.

Vogel's taking over the role of Kermit following Whitmire's firing. His predecessor was let go in October after more than 20 years of playing the legendary frog.

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UNDATED PUBLICITY PHOTOGRAPH - Kermit the Frog (R), one of the characters of television's "Sesame Street" children's program is honored for his 30th anniversary on by "Grover", another character in the the popular program in this undated publicity photograph. A home video,"The Best of Kermit on Sesame Street," featuring classic Kermit songs and skits seen only on "Sesame Street" during the past 30 years is being released in September 1998 as part of Sesame Street's 30th Celebration. FSP/WS

New York, NY - April 5, 2004

Venus Williams and Elmo during Tennis Champion Venus Williams Plays Imaginary Tennis with Elmo for Sesame Street's 35th Season, airing at Sesame Street- Kaufman Studios in New York City.

(Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage for Sesame Workshop)

New York, NY - December 6, 2001

United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and his wife Nane pose for pictures with some Sesame Street characters after the taping of the show in New York. During the taping Mr. Annan breaks up an argument among the characters who are trying to determine who gets to sing the alphabet.

(DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Canada - January 19, 1997

Big favorites with the kiddies at the Ice Follies show in Maple Leaf Gardens were the Bert and Ernie characters from TV's Sesame Street; according to Star staff writer Frank Rasky. Big Bird was also on hand. 

(Photo by Dick Darrell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Frankfurt - October 24, 1997

A trader on the Frankfurt bourse trading floor on October 24, 1997 holds a massive stuffed doll of "Sesame Street" character Ernie. The Ernie doll was brought to the trading floor ahead of the flotation next week of U.S. company EMTV, which produces the Sesame Street program.

(Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)

May 13, 1990

Sesame Street characters with Rip Verniero, age 9. 

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Shanghai, China - June 30, 1998 

Big Bird joins Hillary Rodham Clinton at the grand opening of the Shanghai Children's Medical Center. The center is a joint venture with Project Hope of the U.S., the Shanghai city government and Shanghai Second Medical University. More than 250,000 children a year will be served by the center. Big Bird is a character on the television program Sesame Street.

(Simon Kwong/Reuters)

Circa 1969, Cast members of the television show, 'Sesame Street,' posing on the set with some of the puppet characters. Left to right: Will Lee (1908 - 1982), Matt Robinson (1937 - 2002), Bob McGrath and Loretta Long with (left to right) Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Grover, Ernie, Bert and Oscar the Grouch.

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June 4, 2003

Katie Couric with Sesame Street's Oscar the Grouch and Elmo at the Sesame Street Gala to Celebrate 35 years of making a difference in the lives of children

(Theo Wargo via Getty Images/WireImage for Sesame Workshop)

NEW YORK, NY November 9, 2009

Sesame Street character Big Bird walks through Dante Park at the 'Sesame Street' 40th Anniversary temporary street renaming in Dante Park.

(Photo by Mike Coppola/FilmMagic)

San Diego, CA - January 9, 2016

Sesame Street characters Cookie Monster and Grover pose backstage at Sesame Street and HBO Host Free Museum Day with a special performance by Elmo and Friends at The New Children's Museum in San Diego, California.

(Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic)

New York, NY - November 9, 2009

Sesame Street characters pose under a '123 Sesame Street' sign at the 'Sesame Street' 40th Anniversary temporary street renaming in Dante Park.

(Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

New York, NY - February 4, 2010

Sesame Street Live characters Elmo, Abby Cadabby and Cookie Monster celebrate the renaming of the corner of 31st Street and Eighth Avenue to 'Sesame Street' outside Madison Square Garden in New York.

(STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

New York, NY - September 19, 2007

Sesame Street characters Prairie Dawn and Zoe attend a portrait session for the You Vote Campaign at 1100 6th Avenue in New York City.

(Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage) 

New York, NY - April 11, 2015

Cookie Monster and Taraji P. Henson as Cookie during the 'Sesame Street Promo' skit on Saturday Night Live.

(Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

San Diego, CA - January 9, 2016

Sesame Street characters Rosita and Elmo pose backstage at Sesame Street and HBO Host Free Museum Day with a special performance by Elmo and Friends at The New Children's Museum in San Diego.

(Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic)

New York, NY - February 4, 2010

Sesame Street characters attend the temporary street renaming to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Sesame Street Live on 31st Street & 8th Avenue n New York City.

(Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage) 

New York, NY - April 2, 2012

Cookie Monster visits with Daphne Oz, Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Clinton Kelly and Carla Hall on 'The Chew' on ABC.

(Photo by Donna Svennevik/ABC via Getty Images) 

A Kermit the Frog puppet makes its way down 7th avenue on the Sesame Street float during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, November 26, 2009. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES SOCIETY)
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The studio alleged that Whitmire was fired over "repeated unacceptable business conduct" that spanned "a period of many years."

Henson's children spoke out amid claims from Whitmire to the contrary, revealing that they weren't keen on the direction he had taken their father's character creation.

"Steve performed Kermit as a bitter, angry, depressed, victim. Worst of all, in the past few years he had not been funny or fun," Cheryl Henson said in a Facebook post screen-grabbed by Deadline.

She also said his firing was "long overdue."

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