The yellow's now worn by Sam Moran and here's part of an article in the
"The bands young fans may well prove more adaptive, if only because they
probably associate Mr. Page as much with his shirt color as his face. Four
years ago, another cadre of preschoolers watched Steve, the character who
had long been host of Nickelodeons Blues Clues series, pass the baton to
another actor, playing Steves brother Joe, with no apparent disruption.
And, in its 37-year history, Sesame Street has lost several main
characters, including Will Lee, the actor who played the shopkeeper Mr.
Hooper. Mr. Lee died in 1982, and his passing, both in real life and later
in its depiction on the show, became a television touchstone.
"Nonetheless, in a ritual repeated in numerous kitchens and playrooms
around the world, Wendy Haller, 33, a preschool teacher from Longmeadow,
Mass., said she sat her son, Matthew, 3½, down on Thursday morning and as
the bands TV show played on the Disney Channel told him: Greg is not
going to be a Wiggle any more. He is going home to be with his family.
"Ms. Haller then logged on to the bands Web site to show Matthew a video
clip that Mr. Page had prepared. In it, he explains that his illness
(orthostatic intolerance) often makes him feel unbalanced and faint while
standing because of a loss of blood pressure. While chronic, it is not
thought to be life-threatening.
"In the clips most emotional moment, Mr. Page, uncharacteristically clad
in a black dress shirt, then presents his successor with the bright yellow
jersey or skivvy, as it is known in Australia that has forever been his
Wiggle uniform, whether on television or in more than 200 live performances
a year in Australia, New Zealand, Britain and the United States.
"After several viewings, Ms. Haller said her son assured her, in so many
words, that he was at peace with the news: He said: Sam is a new Wiggle.
Greg is not going to be a Wiggle anymore. And he was fine with it.
"Much is riding on whether families are willing to embrace Mr. Pages
handoff to Mr. Moran, 28, whose original training was as an opera singer.
In addition to all those CDs and DVDs with titles like Yummy Yummy and
Wiggly Safari, there are Wiggle toys, books and games inspired by the
band and its supporting cast of characters, which include a dinosaur named
Dorothy and a dog named Wags. The members of the band, who collectively
earned nearly $40 million last year, were the highest-paid entertainers in
their native Australia the last two years, according to BRW, an Australian
This is for those who care. Me? I've never seen or heard then that I know
of; but the NYT article was the 3rd-most emailed in the last 24
hours. Chacun son gout.