Jason Segel Wants To Let Muppets “Do Their Thing” Without Him

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The Muppets took Manhattan, sorry, the world, by storm again last year, thanks in part to Jason Segel’s tireless efforts to bring them back to the big screen. The movie even garnered an Oscar — Best Original Song for Bret McKenzie’s “Man or Muppet.” So why are we hearing that he won’t be involved in a sequel?

“My goal was to bring the Muppets back, and I think we’ve achieved that,” Segel told VH1 News over the weekend, while promoting his upcoming comedy, Jeff, Who Lives at Home. “So, I’m really confident that they’re in good hands now, and I’m very happy to let them walk on their own two legs.”

(Pause a minute, so you can enjoy the fact that he is still making corny puppet jokes.)

“I don’t think I’ll be involved in the sequel,” Segel continued. (His co-writer, Nick Stoller, and director James Bobin will be back, however.) Not that he’s ruling out a collaboration with his felt friends sometime in the future.

“I might come back when the time is right,” he acknowledged, “but you’ve gotta let the Muppets do their thing for a minute.”

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