First Ben and Jen, Miranda and Blake, Kourtney and Scott, Gwen and Gavin — is nothing sacred?! Another of showbiz's most legendary couples is officially dunzo. Kermit the Frog confirmed to reporters in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, Aug. 4, that he and longtime girlfriend Miss Piggy have called it quits.
"Piggy and I have gone our separate ways, romantically," the star of ABC's fall show The Muppets revealed during a Television Critics Association panel discussing his fall series. The new comedy is an Office-style mockumentary series starring Kermit and his Muppet friends as they produce a late-night talk show hosted by Miss Piggy. The pair have worked together since The Muppet Show's debut in the 1970s.
"It can be tough to work with your ex," Kermit lamented, "especially if your ex is a pig."
Miss Piggy, who arrived late to the press conference, also confirmed the news. "It's good publicity," she quipped. "I'm glad we're broken up. This is going to be great for moi's stardom. Now everybody's going to worry about oh, who's she dating? Who's she getting caught snogging with?"
But don't expect the off-and-on couple's breakup to make things awkward on the set of their new show. "It is entirely professional," Kermit said of the pair's working relationship. "I am taking a behind-the-scenes role in Piggy's show as the executive producer. We're both professional adults. I think we'll be fine."
Added Piggy, "I have no problem working with my ex, okay? It's fine. Dating moi is like flying close to the sun. It was inevitable that Kermit would drop down to the ground while I stayed in the heavens."
Besides, Kermit has already moved on — he's dating Denise, who works in the marketing department at ABC. "She is a pig. I do have an attraction to pigs," he said of his new love.
The pair released a tongue-in-cheek joint statement to Us Weekly about their split, explaining, "After careful thought, thoughtful consideration and considerable squabbling, we have made the difficult decision to terminate our romantic relationship.
"We will continue to work together on television," the pair confirmed, "and in all media now known or hereafter devised, in perpetuity, throughout the universe. However, our personal lives are now distinct and separate, and we will be seeing other people, pigs, frogs, et al. This is our only comment on this private matter…unless we get the right offer. Thank you for your understanding."
The Muppets airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET beginning Sept. 22 on ABC.
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