So long, Miss Piggy! After she and “Muppets” star Kermit the Frog issued a statement about their split, People magazine leaked a picture Kermit cuddling with a new plush hog Tuesday. Apparently, there’s a new pig who has stolen the heart of the world’s most famous amphibian.
So who is the mystery swine? She's been identified as “Denise the Pig" and is the head of marketing at ABC. She has been spotted rendezvousing around town with Kermit.
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Chances are Miss Piggy, who dated Kermit for 40 years, knows about the apparent fling, too. She and Kermit are still working together on the set of her late-night talk show “Up Late with Miss Piggy.” As an offshoot, ABC is documenting their work relationship for “The Muppets.” Denise will also appear on the series, a source confirmed to People.
Hopefully Miss Piggy is OK with Kermit moving on, because things are getting series with Denise. "He calls her his girlfriend," a source said. "She's always stopping by the set of 'Up Late.' ”
"Spent Friday with the most beautiful girl in the world," the actor captioned the image. The picture received nearly 25,000 likes from his 220,000 followers. The social media post is quite a compliment for Miss Piggy, considering it’s the first Instagram photo Hemsworth has shared.
She didn’t seem to be phased by the split when Kermit first announced it in early August. “Dating moi is like flying close to the sun. It was inevitable that Kermit would drop down to the ground while I stayed up in the heavens,” the “Muppets” star said during a panel, adding she was able to find the silver lining. “Any kind of attention is good publicity.”
“The Muppets” will premiere Tuesday, Sept. 22, on ABC, at 8 p.m. EDT.
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