The Secret Diary of Jim Henson — Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy*

A diary written by Jim Henson, beloved creator of the Muppets has been found and some initial entries have been shared by his foundation. *


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What exactly, the excerpts recount, haven’t been fully clarified, it appears that Henson was aware that some of his Muppets had a dark side to them, and many were, in fact, mentally ill. A family spokesperson said that Henson and his family were well aware that some of his Muppets had “problems,” and that while his family had begged him to distance himself from his creations, he had felt responsible and wanted to do what he could to get them help.

Asked why the family felt that it was important to release parts of Henson’s diary to the public, the family spokesperson said:

“There are many, many people in this country, in the world, that suffer from mental health problems. Jim’s Muppets have been loved by people everywhere, and we feel that letting people know that even celebrities can have emotional problems will make them feel less alone. Many of the Muppets have received or continue to participate in therapy, and many of these individuals have improved significantly. We just want people to know that you can get help and live a happy, satisfying life even if you’re not a Muppet or famous. We feel this is what Jim would have wanted.”

The released diary excerpts all have to do with Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy focusing on their relationship and the abuse involved. It is hoped that additional entries about some of the other Muppets will be released at a future date.

Excerpts From Jim Henson’s Diary — Miss Piggy and Kermit

Sept. 18, 1976

She tried to manipulate some of the rest of the cast into helping her attract him but everyone else is already scared of her and locked themselves in their dressing rooms. When she tried to weasel her way into going home with him and he was firm about it not happening, she got pretty aggressive. I had finally had to intervene and tell her I’d bench her for the next show if she didn’t knock it off.

She acted like it was her idea, which was fine by me just as long as she left him alone, and went flouncing off to her dressing room to change. I hope she calms down before the next show but I don’t have high hopes in this regard.

November 27, 1976

It’s not a secret Miss Piggy doesn’t like the attractive female guests, and she took a real dislike to Candace Bergman. During the Talk Spot, Candace took Kermit’s picture, and we almost lost both of them when Miss Piggy came flying our of the wings with some kind of martial arts move where she chopped into Candace’s windpipe and when Kermit tried to come to her aid, she stomped him flat.

We managed to keep the police out it and keep the whole incident out of the papers. I gave Miss Piggy an ultimatum that she would either go into a psych hospital for an evaluation and help or I’d can her. She turned on the water works but when she saw I wasn’t moved, became angry and threatening. Before they managed to sedate her she laid out two paramedics and one of our grips who wasn’t even involved! Candace was able to be treated on the spot but Kermit will be in the hospital overnight at least.

May 21, 1977

For some reason I cannot fathom, a few weeks ago Sir Avery actually seemed to respond to her overtures, not getting that she was just using him. He has been sending flowers, candy and gifts which she accepts so he doesn’t understand she’s still just using him. Knowing tonight was the end of the season and the men in the little white coats would be waiting for her, she did everything possible not to have to go.

Of course, it was also the night Sir Avery decided to show up in person and proclaim his devotion to her. If that wasn’t enough, Gonzo evidently has been harboring an interest in her as well and he chose tonight to try to win her attention.

As usual, Kermit made himself scarce but after the show, but she found him, Sir Avery found her and Gonzo found all of them. I can’t even begin to recount the mess that ensued except to say, Sir Avery needed 12 stitches, Gonzo has a leg in a cast, and Kermit once again is in the hospital, this time with a ruptured spleen. Miss Piggy has been committed and at this point they can keep her as far as I’m concerned!

September 17, 1977

But I caved and things weren’t so bad. Miss Piggy seemed much calmer, thanks to the meds I assume, and had dialed things back a notch. She still flirted, but I made it clear the next time she put her hands on anyone the police would be involved and so far she hasn’t touched Kermit or anyone else. Gonzo realized perhaps she wasn’t his ideal mate and has moved on. Maybe we’ll be able to pull this out after all.

December 16, 1978

April 2, 1979

But he wouldn’t admit there was a problem and I couldn’t really think of a way to handle it without his admission. Legal said I couldn’t fire Miss Piggy without proof and if Kermit wouldn’t say anything, short of firing her for work performance, there wasn’t anything I could do. And as luck would have it, her performance is better than ever.

They were booked on The Late Show tonight, and she decided to drop a bombshell telling everyone they were engaged, which Kermit adamantly denied and has denied ever since. Of course this hasn’t stopped Miss Piggy from announcing it every chance she gets! I hate to say it, but it’s been great for ratings! Just bad for Kermit.

January 1, 1984

If that wasn’t bad enough, “someone” or rather “some pig” leaked the story to the media and it took half the day to get them all to print a correction. I called back in the lawyers, to draw up termination papers. But when Kermit heard about it, once again he begged me not to fire her and it didn’t seem to phase him when I pointed out that he was making his request from a safe house. I told him I’d think about it.

May 4, 1990

Unfortunately, Jim Henson died of pneumonia not long after this last entry. We are sure he would have been pleased to learn that both Miss Piggy and Kermit sought counseling for their respective problems. Kermit has been in a committed relationship for several years with a woman who works in marketing for ABC.

Miss Piggy responded to our request for a comment with her usual confidence.

“Dating moi is like flying too close to the sun. It was inevitable that Kermit would drop down to the ground while I stayed in the heavens.”

We will report any future developments regarding additional releases as they occur.

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