Say goodbye to another piece of your — and your kids’, and your kids’ kids’ — childhood:

More from the New York Times:

Asked if he had long been contemplating his departure from “Sesame Street,” where he has worked since its debut, [Caroll] Spinney answered, “No, not at all.”

But in recent years, Spinney said, the physical requirements of performing the characters had been become difficult for him, and he had developed problems with his balance. He stopped doing the puppeteering for Big Bird in 2015 and has since been providing only the voices for him and Oscar.

The impending 50th anniversary of “Sesame Street,” for which his final voice recordings will be used when it is celebrated on the show — next year on HBO and in 2020 on PBS — seemed like a good moment to take a bow.

Caroll Spinney is 84 years old and says it’s time for him to put this part of his life behind him. But face it. We all know what this is really about:

Don’t mess with Mitt Romney.

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