Longtime cast members Bob McGrath, Emilio Delgado and Roscoe Orman — who played Bob, Luis and Gordon, respectively — will no longer regularly appear on the children's show, McGrath announced earlier this month.
However, Sesame Workshop said in a statement today that the three actors "continue to represent us at public events" and remain "a treasured part of 'Sesame Street.'"
Earlier this month, McGrath, 84, made the announcement during a discussion at Florida Supercon. In audio released by "The Muppet Cast" podcast, he praised cast members Alan Muraoka and Chris Knowings, who will remain on the show.
"They're terrific, wonderful people and really great actors and performers," McGrath said.
This January, "Sesame Street" debuted on HBO, after being broadcast on PBS since the show premiered in 1969. It went from hourlong episodes to 30-minute ones in the fall. For the show's next five seasons, HBO has exclusive rights to run episodes for nine months, after which they will air on PBS.