GenXers are likely in mourning today as it’s been revealed that when “Sesame Street” moved from PBS to HBO, a few familiar faces got left behind. Now, Bob McGrath, who played “Bob” on the show, confirms that he, Emilio Delgado, who played Luis and Roscoe Orman, who played Gordon, have been axed.
“I have completed my 45th season this year,” he explains. “And the show has gone under a major turn around, 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.”
McGrath isn’t wrong about the huge age gap. He has been with the show since its start in 1969. Delgado joined the show in in 1979 and Orman came aboard in 1974. Muraoka, on the other hand, got the part in 1997 and Knowings moved onto the street 2007.
- There was some backlash about the casting cuts and the official “Sesame Street” Twitter account tried to explain the decision by saying they’re “constantly evolving our content and curriculum” and thus have to change up the characters. The official statement ends with a promise that you “can still expect to see many of them in upcoming productions.”