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Today, also known as The Today Show, is a daily morning news and talk program on NBC. Debuting in January 1952, it is also the third-longest running American television series.

The Muppets were frequent guests on Today in the early 1960s, doing local cut-ins for the show from Washington, D.C. They performed sketches from Sam and Friends; Jim Henson and Jane Nebel were also interviewed occasionally.

Decades later, the Muppets still make regular appearances on the show to promote current projects. Miss Piggy has had a particularly stormy past on the show; she seems to have a romantic history with co-host Matt Lauer, and she's had dust-ups with hosts Katie Couric and Meredith Vieira. Elmo has also had a long standing flirtation with news anchor Ann Curry.

The Muppets have also played host to the Today hosts -- Lauer, Natalie Morales and weatherman Al Roker have all appeared on Sesame Street. Willard Scott and Jane Pauley were guests on The Jim Henson Hour in episode 103, when Fozzie Bear visited the set of Today. Matt Lauer interviewed Cookie Monster on Sesame Street's Episode 4115 about the "Veggie Monster" controversy.

A number of Today personnel such as Lauer, Scott and Bryant Gumbel also contributed recipes to Miss Piggy's 1996 cookbook, In the Kitchen with Miss Piggy.



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Hugh Downs with Kermit the Frog and Yorick, in a February 1963 appearance.

The Muppets appeared regularly once or twice a month in 1961 (often via satellite) which became weekly appearances by the end of 1962. Following Jim Henson's move to New York City in January 1963, the Muppets made 24 appearances on Today in the first half of the year.[1]

  • March 30, 1962[2]
    • Weather Warehouse
    • April Showers Bit
    • Concerto for Caliope
    • String Quartet Bit
  • July 5, 1962[2]
    • The Robot
    • The Peony Bush
    • That Old Black Magic
  • September 13, 1962[2]
    • Visual Thinking
    • Political Pot - Tammy
    • Bowling Bit
  • October 2, 1962[2]
    • I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face
    • Poetry & Music Bit (Pokemoke City Culture Center)
  • October 31, 1962[2]
    • Kermit & His Ghost Bit (Me and My Shadow)
    • The Robot
  • November 22, 1962[2]
    • Omar Turkey Dressing Bit
    • Inchworm
    • What Did He Say? (Co-op)
  • November 29, 1962[2]
    • Little Women Bit (Ladybug #1)
    • Tammy's Card Game Bit
  • December 27, 1962[2]
    • What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? (Thurs. Morn. Joust)
    • Drill Team
  • January 8, 1963[2]
    • Dog Philosopher - Rowlf
    • Mona Lisa Bit - Kermit
  • January 16, 1963[2]
    • Tammy's Political Pot
    • Yes, We Have No Bananas (Musical Fruit Stand)
  • January 24, 1963[2]
    • Huntley-Brinkley (3rd vers.)
    • Limbo Waking Up Bit
  • January 30, 1963[2]
    • Telephone Survey Bit (Rowlf & Bask)
    • Do I Worry (Co-op)
    • Autumn in New York (Co-op)
    • Jim Henson wears a coat with a removable collar during a Jack Lescoulie segment on men's fashions.[4]
  • February 7, 1963[2]
    • Dog Music Bit - Rowlf & Bask
    • Glow Worm
    • Horse Named Bill (Co-op)
  • February 21, 1963[2]
    • Track Meet Bit
    • TV History Lesson Bit
  • March 8, 1963[2]
    • J.F.K. Phone Call to Tinkerdee aka "The Rulers of Tinkerdee"[5]
    • Boxing Bit - Rowlf & Bask
    • That Old Black Magic (Co-op)
  • March 14, 1963[2]
    • Rowlf Paints Portrait of Hugh Bit
    • Cool Jazz
    • Don't Go Near The Lion's Cage (Co-op)
  • March 20, 1963[2]
    • Average American Muppet (live)
    • "Outside the Window" (Kermit & Mildred)
    • Tammy Fashion Show (live)
  • April 9, 1963[2]
    • Tammy's Popover Recipe
    • Explaining Baseball Bit
  • April 18, 1963[2]
    • Fish Lecture
    • Visual Thinking
    • Cry Me a River (Co-op)
  • April 22, 1963[2]
    • Today Show Parody
    • Got to Get to Your House
    • Peony Bush (Co-op)
  • May 20, 1963[2]
    • Rowlf's Flower
    • Kermit and the Robot
    • Cecilia (Co-op)
  • May 29, 1963[2]
    • Idea Man
    • Panel Discussion: What is Beauty?
    • Two Face West (Co-op)
  • June 10, 1963[2]
    • Kermit's proposal (Part I)
    • Kermit's Proposal (Part II)
  • June l8, 1963[2]
    • Kermit and Harry the Hipster observe a statue, "The Loneliness of Gahdahyu" by Giuseppe Romeo, and discuss its artistic merit. The statue of Gahdahyu eventually comes alive and flirts with them.[8]
    • That Old Black Magic
    • (Festival interviews)


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April 3, 1974

Ernie and Bert are interviewed by Gene Shalit. Bert announces he's going to be an interviewer on the show, but Ernie informs him that he'll need a disguise so he won't be recognized on the street, so Bert dresses as Gene Shalit.[9]

January 12, 1977

Jim Henson does the Today Show for the 45th time,[10] along with Frank Oz. Kermit the Frog appears in his reporter attire to introduce the station break with Gene Shalit. After their performance of "Java", Shalit interviews Henson and Oz, who are joined briefly by Kermit the Frog and Grover; Shalit asks whether the two are rivals.

August 8, 1977

Gene Shalit interviews Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, and Miss Piggy, and later Jim Henson, who talks about their worldwide appeal, and Frank Oz talks about "Halfway Down the Stairs".

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September 8, 1977

Shalit asks Kermit and Piggy how they feel about each other. Kermit complains that the green room is actually brown. Piggy says she'd give Shalit a poke which Shalit jests as a poke-chop; Piggy karate chops him in response.

September 26, 1979

Phil Donahue interviews Dr. Dorothy Singer, co-director of Yale University's Family TV-Research Centre, and Edward Palmer, VP of Research for CTW about Sesame Street's effectiveness. Palmer feels a study's suggestion that Sesame Street causes hyperactivity is unfair; the study also looked at Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.


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April 17, 1980[11]

Having rediscovered the Muppet pipes at the NBC studio, Gene Shalit takes Jim Henson to see them and talk about them.

June 9, 1980

Jim Henson was a scheduled guest.[12]

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August 18, 1980[13]

Gene Shalit interviews Frank Oz who demonstrates (sans puppets) his voices for Grover, Cookie Monster, and Miss Piggy.

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July 27, 1981

Tom Brokaw in London interviews Jim Henson and Frank Oz about their careers with the Muppets. Upcoming movie is titled "Dark Crystal" and introduces a new, different kind of creature. They say they are at a loss to comprehend Miss Piggy's popularity. They regard commercial spinoffs from the Muppets as secondary. Their emphasis is on entertainment from the heart. Segment created while Today was in Britain, covering the Royal wedding. Peter Ustinov appeared on the program later.

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March 15, 1982

Kermit and Jim Henson appear; Kermit sings "Bein' Green."

December 7, 1982

A taped segment starts with clips of Ernie and Bert, Kermit the Frog riding a bicycle, Yoda, E.T. walking down an aisle at the premiere. It then shows behind the scenes production of Dark Crystal, and masks used in production. Producer Gary Kurtz notes that Jim Henson has been "granted artistic freedom" by the movie, and reassures viewers that while successful, the puppets will not fully replace human actors.

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December 8, 1982

Pretaped piece with Jim Henson discussing how the creatures were created and manipulated for the film. Producer Gary Kurtz mentions the technical issues encountered in filming.

December 14, 1982

Jim Henson appears in a live interview, and discusses The Dark Crystal: its all-puppet cast, the choice of Panavision to capture detail, crediting Frank Oz for creative input, mentioning the Muppets will continue, and Kermit will not marry Miss Piggy.

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July 11, 1984

Willard Scott introduces Gene Shalit's interview with Jim Henson, which starts with Henson throwing out a nod to Scott about having begun his career working with him at WRC-TV. Henson is promoting the company's new film, The Muppets Take Manhattan, which Shalit says is a refreshing break from the summer's crop of terrible movies. This launches into a discussion about violence on the screen in contemporary cinema. Later, Kermit stops in for an interview (he's even miked on his collar), and receives the usual volley of questions about the rumors concerning a marriage and on-again/off-again relationship with Miss Piggy.

July 24, 1985[14]

Big Bird appears prior to the release of Follow That Bird.

March 16, 1986

Director Jim Henson interviewed about Labyrinth. In the interview, he says he loves to perform, and he is comfortable directing large films. The new movie is noted as more comical than Dark Crystal. Henson says scenes were tailored to what Bowie would do musically, and that Jennifer Connelly was exactly what he was looking for in an actress. In an interview, Connelly tells that she has gotten used to talking to "Muppets", noting each creature is believable. The segment ends with Henson, who "maintains he knows how to handle creatures in his films." Behind the scenes clips are interspliced.

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April 29, 1986

Jim Henson appears on the set of Labyrinth.

June 25, 1986

Jim Henson assures viewers that Labyrinth is a family film.

June 30, 1986

Jennifer Connelly appears on Today to talk about her career, including newly released film Labyrinth.

July 1, 1986

Gene Shalit gives Labyrinth an unfavorable review.

January 27, 1987

Gene Shalit interviews Jim Henson about The StoryTeller.

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November 14, 1988

Big Bird makes Willard Scott a Birdketeer while he assists in forecasting the weather. Meryl Sheep and Count von Count take over for regular anchors Jane Pauley and Bryant Gumbel.

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April 14, 1989

Jim Henson and Kermit appear to talk with Jane Pauley about The Jim Henson Hour, which premiered later that night. Behind the scenes footage of "Just to See Her" with Smokey Robinson is shown.


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May 4, 1990

Kermit and Miss Piggy appear to promote The Muppets at Walt Disney World. Tension between the two rises and reaches a boiling point when Piggy blurts out that their relationship isn't working. She then karate chops both Kermit and Deborah Norville and storms off set. This appearance was planned as part of the short-lived "Pig of the Nineties" campaign, which was halted with the death of Jim Henson less than two weeks later. Kermit referenced the appearance when he appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show the same day, and a clip of it was featured in a special edition of MSNBC's Time and Again.

November 9, 1990

Sonia Manzano and Valeria Lovelace talk about the new curriculum for the 22nd season of Sesame Street. A clip of Elmo and Whoopi Goldberg is shown.


Katie Couric interviews Uncle Traveling Matt and Cotterpin Doozer who are promoting new releases of Fraggle Rock on VHS.

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October 28, 1993

Jane Henson and Brian Henson appear to discuss Jim Henson's career, and to promote the release of Jim Henson: The Works.

April 16, 1996

Miss Piggy hosts a dinner party at Today to promote In the Kitchen with Miss Piggy, after Katie Couric lays the fork on the pig.

October 17, 1997

Matt Lauer interviews Miss Piggy about her new book, Miss Piggy's Rules.

November 17, 1997

Rosie O'Donnell joins Elmo to sing. Katie Couric appears.[15]

January 1, 1998

The morning after New Year's Eve, Miss Piggy breaks up with her New Year's date, Matt Lauer. Some rats (performers including Joey Mazzarino and Stephanie D'Abruzzo) appear as well, with one taking over a camera, another leading a tour of the studio for other rats, and "Weatherrat Al Rodent". (video)

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Oscar the Grouch and Slimey appear to discuss Slimey's trip to the moon.

November 9, 1998[16]

Miss Piggy appears (earless) to promote her new perfume, Moi.

November 15, 1998

Roscoe Orman and Zoe promote the 30th season of Sesame Street

March 8, 1999

Roscoe Orman and Elmo appear to promote Art From the Fuzzy and Famous.

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Summer 1999

Katie Couric interviews Kermit the Frog in studio while conversing with Gonzo out on the street with a crowd (including Stephanie D'Abruzzo). Gonzo wears his broadcast helmet from Muppets from Space promoting the imminent release of the movie to American cinemas.

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Winter 1999

Rosie O'Donnell and Elmo sing "Do You Hear What I Hear?" to promote her 1999 album A Rosie Christmas.


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January 2001

Kermit appears as George Washington on behalf of the United States Mint to unveil the latest quarter in the 50 State Quarters program for New York.

February 14, 2001

Bear dances "The Bear Cha-Cha-Cha" and promotes Bear in the Big Blue House Live in Milwaukee.

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March 2001

Big Bird (Matt Vogel) appears with Al Roker to discuss the broadcast of the Hurricane on Sesame Street. Big Bird gifts Roker a small bird's nest he can use in case he ever finds himself homeless.

June 12, 2001

Kermit and Gonzo celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Muppet Show

January 14, 2002

Kermit and Miss Piggy appear for the show's 50th anniversary celebration. This is the last known appearance of Frank Oz as Piggy.

June 13, 2002

Ernie and Bert appear to promote the home video production Bert & Ernie's Word Play.

November 7, 2002

Miss Piggy and Lainie Kazan judge Today's Superstar, a singing competition in the months after the debut of American Idol.[17]

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November 29, 2002

Ann Curry interviews Kermit, promoting It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, set for its broadcast debut that evening.

September 21, 2005

Cheryl Henson and Kevin Clash talk with Matt Lauer to promote the new book It's Not Easy Being Green.

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December 28, 2005

Big Bird (Matt Vogel) appears with Rosemarie Truglio to promote Episode 4107 and Episode 4108, the "Adventures of Little Big Bird" two-parter.

May 16, 2006

With the announced departure of Katie Couric, assorted celebrities tape segments offering their farewells. Miss Piggy and Kermit appear on May 16, and Piggy takes offense at Kermit's sign: "Hey Matt, want a pig?" On May 25, Elmo shows up to offer his own goodbyes, following General Norman Schwarzkopf.

August 14, 2006

Leslie Carrara-Rudolph performs Abby Cadabby in an introduction of the character to the general populus. Note: This appearance was originally scheduled for Friday, August 11th.

September 6, 2006

Kevin Clash and Elmo appear together to promote Kevin's book My Life as a Furry Red Monster.

September 14, 2006

Miss Piggy thinks that she's the new co-host, and not Meredith Vieira. And if that wasn't enough, the poor pig also has to deal with bacon breath.

January 5, 2007

Miss Piggy pops out of the roughly four-foot-tall cake and sings "Happy Anchorversary" to Matt Lauer, in celebration of Lauer's 10th anniversary on the program.

February 2, 2007

Elmo appears to celebrate his birthday and talks about his Walk-around Bookstore Tour to promote childhood literacy

February 7, 2007

The cast of Sesame Street Live: Elmo's Coloring Book performs on the plaza to promote their run at Madison Square Garden.

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May 10, 2007

After a retrospective video looking at Ann Curry's 10 years on The Today Show, Elmo appears in a live segment from Italy wishing Ann well. The cast escort Curry to a short wall, from which Cookie Monster pops out from behind. Cookie pulls out a plate of cookies, presents Ann with a bouquet of flowers, then calls in "Lou" to bring a case with an engraved necklace. As Ann hugs her co-hosts, Cookie starts to chow down on his cookies, before being hugged mid-eat by Ann.[18]

August 7, 2007

Miss Piggy appears behind the set's couch to talk to Al, Meredith, and Matt about The Muppet Show: Season Two DVD.[19]

August 10, 2007

Elmo promotes Season 38 of Sesame Street.

December 25, 2007

Elmo, Abby and Grover appear and sing "We Need a Little Christmas."

July 29, 2008

Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford talk to Kermit and Miss Piggy about the first Studio DC: Almost Live. Before the segment, Gifford apparently tried to provoke Miss Piggy, so she would react during the segment. After talking to the two about the guests, Piggy discusses her fitness regimen, shopping, and Kermit mentions he chases his food with his tongue. After discussing their relationship, Hoda asks Miss Piggy what she thinks of the fourth hour of The Today Show: "I've never watched it."[20]

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November 13, 2008

"The Muppets Take Over Today" — Muppet characters appear, taking over the program for a full half hour, 8:00 to 8:30 am EST. The appearance "perhaps not coincidentally"[21] corresponded to the launch of The Muppet Whatnot Workshop. Scattered appearances continued throughout the program. Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy appear, with Christopher Meloni, and Harry Connick Jr. as fellow guests.

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November 27, 2008

The Muppets appear in a cooking segment on Thanksgiving. A Whatnot version of Al Roker is set to host the "cooking turkey" segment until a live turkey (Eric Jacobson) appears, explaining that they're actually doing a "cooking with a turkey" presentation. The turkey prepares a steak via a George Foreman grill, but a passing bull (Tyler Bunch) is shocked by what he sees, and sadly questions the steak: "Mama?!" Al happily closes the segment as the bull runs away in tears. (YouTube)

December 17, 2008

Miss Piggy appears to plug A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa. She reveals that she asked Santa for "one of those 25 billion dollar bailouts that the government's giving out." She explains that in the special she's furious at Kermit for canceling their vacation. Asked if she eventually forgives Kermit and gets in the holiday spirit, Piggy snaps, "Look, this is a holiday special. It has a happy ending, all right? It's okay. And plus, I could never stay mad at my Kermie. No. I like to think of him as mistletoe with webbed feet." Asked whether she's ever written a letter to Santa, Piggy says, "Oh, well, yes, of course I have. Look, I wouldn't leave any stone unturned when it comes to getting Christmas presents."[22]

February 6, 2009

Miss Piggy appears to promote The Diva Code.

April 2, 2009

Elmo appears in his green version to promote his new DVD Being Green.

May 14, 2009

Zoe appears to celebrate the announcement of Sesame Street’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

September 6, 2009

Elmo and Jean Chatzky appear to promote Families Stand Together. (video)

September 8, 2009

Elmo and Elmo's Mom appear to promote Families Stand Together. (video)

November 6, 2009

The 40th Anniversary is discussed and Elmo, Cookie Monster and Abby appear to promote the new season. (video)

December 3, 2009

Kermit and Piggy appear. Miss Piggy is sick and sneezing, but insists it isn't swine flu. (video)


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May 3, 2010

Elmo appears to promote The Best of Elmo 2. During a promotional bumper, Elmo appears with Betty White, giving the former "Golden Girl" a kiss. Elmo also continued his longtime flirtation with Ann Curry, and talked about his new friend Memorybot.

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June 8, 2010

Frank Oz appears with Jimmy Fallon to unveil a new exhibit on the 30 Rock Tour, the Muppet Pipes.

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March 12, 2012[23]

Elmo, Cookie Monster, Zoe, Telly, and Rosita appear in a Christmas setting.

June 7, 2012

Elmo appears to promote his campaign Elmo Should Go to the Olympics, and asks guest Chris Rock what the word "viral" means.

August 9, 2012

Elmo, Grover and Abby Cadabby appear live from London to promote the 2012 Olympics event.

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October 2, 2012

Elmo appears during Today’s Take Three to promote "Elmo the Musical" and tries Michelle Obama's cookies.

Today 2013-10-15
October 15, 2013

Brian Jay Jones, author of Jim Henson: The Biography, and Frank Oz discuss the life and work of Jim Henson. Originally scheduled on September 24 as a live interview but ultimately prepared as a longer feature with narration and interviews by Willie Geist.[24][25]

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March 19, 2014

Kermit the Frog appears in the Orange Room with Tamron Hall to promote his new Twitter account. Later, Kermit and Miss Piggy chat with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. (link)

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February 13, 2015

Cookie Monster briefly appears during a "What's Trending Today" segment to promote the special The Cookie Thief.

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May 6, 2015

Caroll Spinney is interviewed by corespondent Jenna Bush Hager in promotion with the documentary I Am Big Bird. The segment features excerpts of Spinney at work on a Sesame Street episode for Season 46. (YouTube)

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November 30, 2015

Grover and Big Bird help Dylan Dreyer forecast the weather. They are joined by Abby Cadabby, Elmo, and Cookie Monster appearing to promote the Everyday Heroes Club at

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January 16, 2016

Ernie and Abby Cadabby appear to promote Sesame Street’s 46th season. A segment on the show's move to HBO, with interview snippets of Brown Johnson, is shown.

December 2, 2016

Miss Piggy appears with Kathie Lee Gifford and Ryan Eggold to promote her Kate Spade New York collection, and #missadventure appearance with Zosia Mamet, her relationship status with Kermit, and how she's moving on by dating as many men, who are not Kermit, as possible (but not at the same time), and running into Matt Lauer's car.

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January 5, 2017

"Sesame Street Takeover" — Big Bird acts as stage manager, Oscar directs, Elmo takes over camera 3, and Cookie Monster and Abby appear for an unplanned cooking segment. Grover and Rosita also appear later on, in promotion with Sesame Street’s 47th season. A behind-the-scenes segment on the new Elmo's World is shown, featuring interviews with Brown Johnson and focus group researchers.

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February 13, 2017

Super Grover appears to help free Dean Cain and Kathie Lee from their locked dressing room. Meanwhile, Elmo and Abby Cadabby host the Today's Talk segment, and Big Bird appears to talk about the Yellow Feather Fund.

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March 27, 2017

Abby Cadabby, Julia and Sherrie Westin appear to promote the "Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children" initiative. (link)

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July 20, 2017

Steve Whitmire, fresh off the announcement that he was fired from performing for the Muppets, is interviewed to tell his side of the story.

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August 4, 2017

Abby Cadabby and Elmo introduce Abby's new stepbrother, Rudy. (video)

November 8, 2017

Megyn Kelly visits the Sesame Street set and interviews Alan, Elmo, Zoe, Abby, Telly and the Count. Rosemarie Truglio joins Kelly in-studio, along with Big Bird, Elmo, Rosita, Cookie Monster, Abby, Bert and Ernie. (video)

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November 8, 2018

A pre-recorded segment is shown featuring Today hosts Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Dylan Dreyer bringing their children to the Sesame Street set to meet Big Bird, Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby and Cookie Monster. Big Bird, Elmo and Abby also appear live in-studio to talk with the hosts.

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December 14, 2018

On the Sesame Street set, Craig Melvin interviews Sherrie Westin, and talks with Lily, Elmo and Grover, in promotion with Sesame Street in Communities' initiative on homelessness.

Today 2019-07-02
July 1, 2019

In an online exclusive video filmed at the newly renovated Sesame Place, Sonia Manzano and Alan Muraoka reflect on the impact of Sesame Street in its 50 years on the air, their roles on the show, and their favorite guest stars.

Today 2019-10-10
October 10, 2019

Karli appears to talk about foster care.

October 21, 2019

The Sesame Street Muppets (Elmo, Abby, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Rosita, Ernie, Bert, Oscar, Grover, and the Count) appeared to promote the 50th season and the 50th anniversary special. During the 3rd hour, Anything Muppet caricatures of anchors Al Roker (Noel MacNeal), Sheinelle Jones (Kathleen Kim), Craig Melvin (Christopher Hayes), and Dylan Dreyer (Leslie Carrara-Rudolph) appeared.

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November 17, 2019

The show's Sunday Spotlight story, titled "The Power of Sesame Street," features narration and interviews by Kristen Dahlgren with Sherrie Westin, Elmo, and Abby Cadabby. (YouTube)


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February 12, 2020

The cast of Sesame Street Live: Let's Party! perform in the studio to promote their run at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden.

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March 11, 2020

Abby Cadabby and Count von Count appear to promote the "Make Your Family Count" campaign as part of the 2020 census.

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April 15, 2020

Louie appears for a live video chat interview during the show's fourth hour program, Today with Hoda & Jenna, to promote Elmo's Playdate.

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June 23, 2021

Al Roker interviews Wes and Elijah Walker, and Rocio Galarza.

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October 22, 2021

Kermit the Frog appears to promote his appearance on the YouTube special Dear Earth, and he briefly mentions Muppets Haunted Mansion. (YouTube)

November 15, 2021

Elmo and Ji-Young appear in promotion with the special See Us Coming Together.

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March 25, 2022

Elmo and Abby promote the opening of Sesame Place San Diego.

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November 3, 2022

Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Tamir and Grover appear to promote the 53rd season of Sesame Street. (YouTube), (YouTube)

January 19, 2023

Abby and Grover appear to promote the third season of The Sesame Street Podcast with Foley & Friends. (YouTube)

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February 15, 2023

Al Roker interviews Megan Piphus (with Gabrielle) and Leslie Carrara-Rudolph from the Sesame Street set. (YouTube)

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May 3, 2023

Elmo and Abby Cadabby appear to promote Elmo's Mindfulness Spectacular. [1]

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September 15, 2023

Elmo appears to promote the second season of the Goodnight, World! podcast.

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November 10, 2023

Big Bird, Elmo, Abby, and Rosita promote Sesame Street’s 54th season and, with Thanksgiving coming soon, share what they're thankful for. Elmo and The Count appear in an earlier segment directing from the show's control room. (YouTube)

February 1, 2024

Elmo and Louie appear to discuss Elmo's viral tweet asking about people's well-being. (YouTube) Larry David, also visiting the show, accosts Elmo. (YouTube)

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March 13, 2024

Abby and Grover appear to talk about National Reading Month. (YouTube)

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June 6, 2024

Cookie Monster announces that he, Elmo, Abby, and Tango are going to the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. (YouTube)

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The NBC special Time and Again featured clips from a number of Henson appearances over the years, some of which were not dated.

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Kiss Katie Couric and The Count

Count von Count counts the kisses he gives to Katie Couric (archive clip shown in 2000's Time and Again).


Katie Couric violently strangles Miss Piggy (archive clips shown in the January 14, 2002 episode for the show's 50th anniversary, and the NBC documentary Time and Again).



See also[]


  1. Jim Henson's Red Book 1/23/1963 – ‘Moved to NY.’
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 2.29 2.30 2.31 2.32 2.33 2.34 2.35 2.36 2.37 2.38 2.39 2.40 Henson Archives document
  3. Time and Again
  4. NBC Universal Archives- Jan. 30, 1963 archive summary
  5. Jim Henson's Red Book 6/–/1962 – ‘Videotaped “Tales of the Tinkerdee” Atlanta’
  6. Jim Henson's Red Book "10/29/1968 – ‘Tonight Show – “Beautiful Day”.’"
  7. Jim's Red Book - 8/7/1979 ATV closes down on strike - after minor strikes
  8. Archival script displayed in The Jim Henson Exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image
  9. Jim Henson's Red Book 4/3/1974 – TODAY Show – Bert as Gene Shalit.
  10. Jim Henson's Red Book 1/12/11
  11. Jim Henson's Red Book 4/17/1980 – To Today Show – pipes – say hi to Willard Scott.
  12. TV Guide - Jun 07 - Jun 13 - 1980, Internet Archive.
  13. excerpts included in Time and Again
  14. "Weekday mornings", Toronto Star, 20 July 1985, page 16.
  15. Referenced later that morning on The Rosie O'Donnell Show during an interview. (YouTube)
  16. rec.arts.henson+muppets via
  17. Pat Seremet, "Kelly survives first cut in Today Show contest", Hartford Courant, 8 November 2002, Page 40.
  18. archive "The ANN-iversary" (2007-05-10)
  19. archive "Still stealing the stage, after all these years" (2007-08-07)
  20. "Today: July 29, 2008", listing on
  21. Danielle Brennan, "THE MUPPETS TAKE OVER TODAY", Live from Studio 1A, November 13, 2008.
  22. video: part 1, part 2.
  23. Getty Images March 12, 2012
  24. Brian Jay Jones's blog September 21, 2013
  25. Brian Jay Jones's blog October 10, 2013

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