"Sesame Street" is fighting to protect the reputation of its beloved puppet, Elmo, after accepting the resignation of longtime Elmo voice actor Kevin Clash, who has been accused by two men of having sexual relations with them as teenagers.
Hasbro has released a statement to E! News supporting Sesame Street:
"Sesame Street and its wonderful characters have been entertaining and educating children and families for more than 40 years," a Hasbro spokeswoman told E! News. "We are confident that Elmo will remain an integral part of Sesame Street and that Sesame Street toys will continue to delight children for years to come."
Hasbro's Elmo dolls still on sale include the Ready for School Elmo doll, the Sesame Street Playskool Let's Rock set and LOL Elmo, a follow-up to the popular Tickle Me Elmo doll.
Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at email@example.com.