Kevin Clash Update: Embattled ex-Elmo puppeteer wins 3 Daytime Emmys
Kevin Clash, the longtime Elmo puppeteer, resigned from "Sesame Street" on Nov. 20, 2012, amid allegations that he had a relationship with a 16-year-old boy. Clash denied the allegations, which were first made in June 2012 by the accuser, who is now 23 years old. Sesame Workshop called the controversy surrounding Clash's
personal life "a distraction that none of us want," which led to his
decision to leave the show.
AbovePuppeteer Kevin Clash speaks during the 'Independent Lens - Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey' panel during the PBS portion of the 2011 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 31, 2011 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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Clash won as outstanding performer in a children's series at the creative arts ceremony held Friday night. He shared trophies for outstanding pre-school children's series and directing in a children's series, giving Clash 26 Daytime Emmys for his work on the venerable PBS show.
He played Elmo for 28 years before quitting last November. Clash's lawyer has said that related lawsuits filed against the entertainer are without merit.