Iconic "Sesame Street" puppets Bert and Ernie are a couple, according to a former writer for the show. In an exclusive interview with with blog "Queerty," Mark Saltzman said he felt that when he was writing Bert and Ernie, he was writing them as a couple and basing their interactions on his own experiences. The other thing was, more than one person referred to Arnie and I as 'Bert and Ernie. However, Sesame Workshop, which produces the show, denies the pair are together, saying they have no sexual orientation but are best friends.
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Bert and Ernie are two Muppets who appear together in numerous skits on the long-running children's television show, Sesame Street. Initially, Oz performed Ernie and Henson performed Bert, but after just one day of rehearsal, they switched characters. The original idea was to show that even though two people can have totally different characteristics, they can still be good friends. According to writer Jon Stone , the relationship between Bert and Ernie reflected the real life friendship between Oz and Henson. Their brief appearance was the only part of the pilot that tested well, so it was decided that not only should Muppet characters be the "stars" of the show, but would also interact with the human characters, something that was not done in the pilot.
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This question has been around as long as Sesame Street itself, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary this month. Rumors have followed Bert and Ernie around the world as localized versions of Sesame Street are viewed in over countries. But human beings are sexual, and millions of Americans are gay. About a year ago, former Sesame Street writer Mark Saltzman said he had written scripts thinking of Bert and Ernie as a gay couple.
Frank Oz is voice of dozens of puppets and muppets as one of Jim Henson's earliest collaborators — and now the storied puppeteer is lending his voice to the debate over whether or not "Sesame Street" characters Bert and Ernie are gay. I know what and who he is," Oz wrote , squashing the idea that Bert and Ernie were a couple. The decades-old discussion over Bert and Ernie's relationship status raged on Twitter after former "Sesame Street" writer Mark Saltzman told blog " Queerty " he wrote the duo as a couple based on his own real world relationship with film editor Arnold Glassman.