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Fleet Scribbler
PERFORMER Jerry Nelson
DEBUT 1977

Fleet Scribbler is a gossip journalist for "The Daily Scandal" who sometimes reports on the goings-on at The Muppet Show.

In Of Muppets and Men, head writer Jerry Juhl said:

β€œAt the beginning of the second season we had a big reception for the English press. There was a tremendous turnout and lots of champagne and we chose this occasion to introduce a new character -- Fleet Scribbler, a very aggressive reporter -- whom we had written into the show. Naturally, the newspaper writers loved him and they splashed him all over the front pages of the tabloids. As soon as we began working with Fleet, we realized that he was simply abrasive and awful. We just wanted to get rid of him right away, but there'd been all this publicity, so we tried to stay with him for several weeks until we could drop him without anyone noticing.”

In fact, he appeared only twice that season -- in episode 204 and episode 210. Kermit speaks to him on the phone in episode 304, and then he makes his final appearance in episode 311. He can also be seen in the finale of The Muppet Movie.

Appropriately, he was featured on the cover of a 1970s notepad released by Hestair.

He later made an illustrated cameo in issue #4 of Muppet Robin Hood, was mentioned in Muppets Meet the Classics: The Phantom of the Opera, and had his own page in The Muppets Character Encyclopedia. His most prominent role was his appearance in the 2018 anthology Muppets Meet the Classics: Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm. He features in the rendition of "The Devil With Three Golden Hairs", titled "Kermit and the Three Golden Nose Hairs", and plays the role given to the kindly old woman in the Grimms' story.