THE public has been told to stop pressuring Bert and Ernie to come out as gay before they are ready.
After fresh speculation about their sexuality, the makers of Sesame Street have asked everyone to respect the privacy of the clearly gay Muppet couple.
A spokesman said: “Bert and Ernie are from a different generation and it may take them a bit more time to realise their love will be accepted and celebrated.
“In the 1970s gay Muppets faced appalling prejudice. I’ll never forget the time Fozzie Bear got drunk and called Bert a ‘fag’ to his face. Ernie laid him out with one punch. It was a horrible incident.
“So will everyone stop trying to ‘out’ them and just go along with the story they tell their families that they’re just ‘best friends and roommates’.”
Bert said: “I’ve no idea why these rumours are so persistent when we’re just two male puppets who’ve lived together their entire lives and are constantly touching and cuddling.”
Ernie added: “We’re not in denial. Just because we have passionate Muppet sex every night doesn’t mean we’re gay.”