Sesame Street writer reveals their sexual orientation!
Many of us had our suspicions and now they are confirmed, according to “Sesame Street” writer Mark Saltzman, Bert and Ernie are more than just friends!
Saltzman, who has been with the show since 1984, told Queerty that the two beloved puppets are a gay couple and their relationship is an homage to his actual gay relationship with his partner film editor Arnold Glassman.
“I was Ernie. I look more Bert-ish. And [Arnold] as a film editor—if you thought of Bert with a job in the world, wouldn’t that be perfect? Bert with his paper clips and organization? And I was the jokester,” he revealed to the LGBTQ blog. “So it was the Bert and Ernie relationship, and I was already with Arnie when I came to ‘Sesame Street.'”
Bert and Ernie have been living together at the same apartment at 123 Sesame Street for the last 49 years, but slept in separate beds, and although it may come as news to many in the straight community, Bert and Ernie have been considered icons in LGBTQ community for years. However, Saltzman said having the B & E as a same-sex couple was not done as an agenda, but rather drawing from his own experiences.
“I don’t think I’d know how else to write them, but as a loving couple,” he said.
Back in 2011, producers said in a statement that Bert and Ernie were just “best friends” and “do not have a sexual orientation,” according to Deadline.
And as far back as 1994 “Sesame Street” Workshop head Gary Knell also denied rumors in 1994. “They are not gay, they are not straight, they are puppets. They don’t exist below the waist,” The Independent reported.