On Wednesday, “Sesame Street” puppeteer Kevin Clash found his name in the news for something other than his current legal troubles tied to allegations of sexual abuse. The man behind Elmo was nominated for four Daytime Emmys.
Back in November, Clash was hit with a lawsuit accusing him of having had sex with an underage teenager several years earlier. “Sesame Street” suspended him before he ultimately resigned after 28 years of working on the children’s show. Since then, several other men have come forward with similar allegations. The cases are still pending in court and Clash has maintained his innocence throughout.
Clash contends for Children’s Series Performer as well as a part of the producing and directing teams for “Sesame Street” and as a producer of “Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce” which contends for New Approaches (Enhancement of a Program or Series).
Clash has an impressive track record at the Daytime Emmys. He has won 23 of his previous 35 bids: 10 for producing “Sesame Street, five for directing it and eight for his performance as Elmo. And he won the Children’s Non-Fiction Reality Program Primetime Emmy last year for “Growing Hope Against Hunger”.
Clash has stayed silent since exiting the “Street.” Will he attend the ceremony on June 16? Is his individual performance nomination symbolic of how the entertainment community feels about the accusations made against him? Or will having him listed as part of the producing and directing team hurt “Sesame Street” in the categories they usually dominate? Stay tuned.