Kennedy Center Honors are going to include a special tribute to Caroll Spinney in its CBS broadcast. Spinney is the originating puppeteer for the “Sesame Street” characters whose name are Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. Sesame Street is pretty iconic and is loved by the people. Unfortunately, Caroll died on Sunday.
What a sad news! Caroll Spinney, our perfect person who performed Big Bird in Sesame Street is now confirmed dead!
The same weekend when Sesame Street which is the legendary educational children’s series became the first TV show to receive its own Kennedy Centre Honor, this sad new of Spinney’s death arrived. In a ceremony on Saturday, the cast of the show performed during the accompanying show that was taped Sunday for airing. The show was meant for 15th of December on CBS. The medal was present to the series in this same ceremony.
The Times was told that a special tribute to Spinney will be produced and added to the broadcast by Jack Sussman who is the executive vice president for specials, music and live events for CBS Entertainment.
Spinney retired from Sesame Street last year so Matt Vogel has taken his place!
The character of Big Bird who is eight feet and 2 inches tall canary was played by Caroll Spinney until last year before his retirement. During the presentation on Sunday, this bird stayed in front and centre. Matt Vogel replaced Spinney to do this character and even did a stick in the Kennedy Centre audience with Tom Hanks. Hanks was present in the ceremony on hand for the tribute to another honoree who was actress Sally Field.
Before the second half of the presentation, Spinney’s death was noted by David Rubenstein. David is the chairman of the Kennedy Centre.
Rubenstein said from the stage that everyone is saddened by his loss and the tribute tonight to Sesame Street is in his honour.
Spinney was a special person who performed in the show since it started!
Spinney was 85 years in age when he died on Sunday at his home in Connecticut. He used to live with dystonia for years which is a neurological disorder in the movement of a person. Proudly, Caroll was a part of Sesame Street since it first launched way back in the year 1969 on the 10th of November.