More than a dozen workers were cut from the company that produces “Sesame Street” on Thursday as the layoffs occurred at the New York headquarters of the nonprofit Workshop, which surprised everyone.
Sesame Street has been home to Kermit and Big Bird since the show began in 1969.
This is the show’s second major layoff due to the recession. In 2009 — despite being the 15th highest-rated children’s show in the U.S. — 20 percent of the “Sesame Street” workforce was pink-slipped due to a decline in donations. New episodes of the show still run in 150 countries.
The new layoffs, mostly in the digital media department, were spun by a company spokesperson as a shift of resources “to better align with our strategic priorities and new opportunities.”
The show airs weekdays at 10 a.m. ET/PT and Sundays at 6 a.m. ET/PT on PBS.