Jason Segel Confirms His ‘Muppets’ Departure

The Muppets” may be coming back for a sequel, but Jason Segel won’t be there with them. The man who championed the Muppets’ triumphant return to the big screen told MTV News in a recent interview while promoting his new movie “Jeff, Who Lives At Home” that he feels it’s time for him to move on to other projects.

“I have handed off ’The Muppets’ to my writing partner [Nick Stoller] and to James Bobin. My goal was to bring the Muppets back and I feel like I accomplished that. I feel like they’re in really good hands,” he said. “But it was half a decade of my life, I just want a little breather, and I know that they’re going to nail it.”

So far, few details are known about the sequel except for the fact that Segel won’t be involved. My guess is that it would follow the journey of new Muppet Walter after he helped rescue Kermit and the gang from irrelevancy. But if Segel isn’t back for more, perhaps that means Amy Adams is out as well. It’s unclear if more human main characters would be involved in future projects, or if Stoller and Bobin will let the Muppets do all of the heavy lifting story wise.

Collider got similar comments from Segel while talking “Jeff, Who Lives At Home.” He told them that the decision for him to depart the project is “totally amicable” and echoed his sentiments that he did what he set out to do by bringing “The Muppets” back.

“All I wanted to do was to set the stage for them to do whatever they wanted. I’m sure I’ll return in some capacity here and there,” he added.

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