It’s a sad day for television, scandal-mogering and our childhood.

Kevin Clash, longtime puppeteer of Elmo has resigned after it was found he could no longer focus on his job to give life to a wonderful, furry red muchkin called Elmo and do the Elmo Song, la la la la, Elmo Song.

Said Sesame Workshop in a statement:

Sesame Workshop’s mission is to harness the educational power of media to help all children the world over reach their highest potential.  Kevin Clash has helped us achieve that mission for 28 years, and none of us, especially Kevin, want anything to divert our attention from our focus on serving as a leading educational organization.  Unfortunately, the controversy surrounding Kevin’s personal life has become a distraction that none of us want, and he has concluded that he can no longer be effective in his job and has resigned from Sesame Street.  This is a sad day for Sesame Street.

Well, at least Big Bird will still stay on. Right? Right? Also, Gawker’s brilliant post on explaining the sexual spin to your kids will forever remain in hostory as one of the most dazzling posts to have ever been created by a newsblog. Power to us.

To all of those who will forever cherise the good times we had running back home in our white-as-white shoes at 2.30pm just to catch Elmo, his goldfish (Dorothy!) and his crayon dance with the walls and that darned piano, this is for you: