‘Sesame Street’ clarifies: Bert and Ernie aren’t gay

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PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 1: Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie ride the “Music Makes us Family” float in the 116th Tournament Of Roses Parade on January 1, 2005 in Pasadena California. (Photo by Matthew Simmons/Getty Images)

The producers of “Sesame Street” want to clarify that Bert and Ernie are not gay, following comments by a former writer of the children’s show who said they were.

Sesame Workshop tweeted that the characters are best friends and have many human traits but “remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”

Sesame Workshop followed up with a tweet that said “Sesame Street has always stood for inclusion and acceptance.”

The company was reacting to comments by former writer Mark Saltzman who said that he always felt Bert and Ernie were lovers when he was writing for the show.

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