We all had our suspicions. We all thought there was something off with two guys taking bubble baths with a rubber ducky. But today, after many, many years, speculations have been finally put to rest.
After decades of long-standing rumors holding that the beloved muppets Bert and Ernie of Sesame Street are more than just friends, a former writer of the popular children’s TV series has now confirmed what we’ve always known.
“I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert and Ernie, they were [gay],” Mark Saltzman, who worked for Sesame Street for 15 years told Queerty in an interview. Saltzman even said his own relationship with another man inspired his writing of the characters. “I don’t think I’d know how else to write them, but as a loving couple.”
And though Sesame Workshop has since released a statement saying Bert and Ernie are merely “best friends,” the internet begs to differ.
The closet door is open on Sesame Street and ain’t nobody shutting it down. From people claiming they’ve known since 1982, to fans celebrating the puppets’ outing, here are the best reactions to Bert and Ernie’s confirmed romance.