ABC’s all new series “The Muppets” features Kermit and Miss Piggy like we’ve never seen them, working on the fictional late night talk show “Up Late with Miss Piggy.” And lucky for us, tomorrow night’s episode was filmed at Katsuya (or rather a set recreated to look like Katsuya!) To celebrate, for one week, all L.A. Katsuya’s will feature two special rolls—the Kermit and Miss Piggy Rolls. And as a teaser for tomorrow’s show, we caught up with Kermit the Frog, himself, for an exclusive interview.
Congratulations on “Up Late with Miss Piggy”! How has it been working with Miss Piggy and being the Executive Producer of a major late night show?
It’s challenging. First, there are the normal challenges of doing any late night show—booking the guests, supervising the writers, making sure the audience is happy and ready for a great show. Then, of course, there’s the unique challenge of this show—doing all of the above with our Muppet cast and crew. (They may not be the best in the business, but they sure are trying.) And finally, there’s the ultimate challenge of doing all of the above while working on a show hosted by my ex-girlfriend. As we say in Hollywood, that’s entertainment!
Any funny set stories or bloopers you can share?
Well, there have been many bloopers and mistakes that have happened on set. But since most of these involve our star, Miss Piggy, I am contractually forbidden from mentioning any of them, suggesting they occurred, or anonymously posting a video on the internet. However, thanks to The Muppets, our new series on ABC, Tuesdays @ 8pm, you can see all this behind-the-scenes chaos and craziness first hand. The Muppets is a never-before-seen look at what we do, how we do it, and who gets run over in the process.
We know you often have celebrities on the show. Is there anyone you’re dying to meet and have on the show?
We’ve already had so many great stars on the show: Elizabeth Banks, Imagine Dragons, Christina Applegate, Reese Witherspoon, to name a few. It’s exciting. As for other celebrity guests—our show has an open door and we welcome anyone who’s anyone in Hollywood to be a guest on our show. (P.S.: Even if you’re not “anyone who’s anyone,” if you know someone who knows someone, we’ll be more than happy to talk to you about a guest appearance.)
We hear you have a new girlfriend, Denise. How has your relationship changed with Miss Piggy and the rest of the Muppets since dating again?
Yes, Denise, is my girlfriend. She is a marketing executive at the network, (and happens to be a pig). Right now, we’re still at the “close friend who’s a girl” stage of the relationship. As for Miss Piggy and I, while it’s true that the two of us dated for a long time, we’re both professionals. Nothing comes in the way of putting on a great show. And, no matter what may happen along the way, I am going to keep giving that answer until it’s true.
Being the first time we’re getting to see the personal lives of the Muppets, is there anything surprising you’ve learned about them you can share with us?
I’ve known and worked with the other Muppets for years, so I thought I knew everything there was to know about them. But, our show The Muppets really takes you behind the scenes. I’m even finding out new things that amaze me. For instance, I didn’t know that Sam Eagle has a crush on Janice, that Fozzie Bear is dating a human, or that Big Mean Carl (who yells at everyone) may not have been the best choice to be our receptionist. I’m discovering something new each and every week…and you will too, on The Muppets, Tuesdays at 8 on ABC. (Sorry, when you live in Hollywood, sliding into a show promo becomes a reflex.)
What are your favorite things to do, eat, see in Hollywood?
Hollywood is wonderful! Every day, I walk down the street and see stars out shopping, dining, and driving around (until they can find paparazzi to take their picture). It’s an exciting place to live, work, visit and eat with so many great restaurants!
Reserve now for lunch or dinner to try the Miss Piggy or Kermit specialty rolls of the week!