It is unclear why Mr Clash wanted a leave of absence, since he denies the allegations of underage sex, but the programme told TMZ it was to allow him to defend his reputation in the wake of the damaging allegations.Louie and Mae (parents) Daisy (sister) Mimsy (cousin) Cousin Pepe (cousin from Mexico) Elmonosuke (cousin from Japan) Elmer (cousin from Texas) Aunt Sue Elmo's Grandma and Grandpa Selmo Elmo's Great Grandmother Elmo (great-great grandfather and namesake) Uncle Jack Aunt Jill Jesse (cousin) Chester (cousin) Chester's parents (aunt and uncle) Funella Furchester (aunt) Furgus Fuzz (uncle) Phoebe Furchester-Fuzz (cousin) Elmo is a Muppet character on the children's television show Sesame Street.*No representation is made that the person listed here is currently on the state's offenders registry.
saying "Elmo wants this" instead of "I want this").
Sesame Street staff writer Nancy Sans once described Elmo's origins: "There was this extra red puppet lying around and the cast would pick him up sometimes and try to create a personality, but nothing seemed to materialize." The puppet, originally known as "Baby Monster", was performed by Caroll Spinney and Jerry Nelson in the background of episodes from the early 1970s, Brian Muehl from 1979 to 1981, and Richard Hunt from 1981 to 1984.
In the episode How the Test Was Won episode Clancy's son Ralph finds a rat and say "I'm playing with Elmo".
In the episode The Color Yellow Ralph has a drawing of himself with Elmo and Buzz Lightyear from the Toy Story franchise.
Fans of Sesame Street have complained that Elmo's prominent status has caused roles to be greatly reduced for some older characters, such as Oscar the Grouch, Big Bird, Count von Count, Prairie Dawn, Grover, and Cookie Monster.
Some fans also blame Elmo for the permanent departure of Kermit the Frog from Sesame Street.
Kevin Clash, 52, has taken a leave of absence from the popular children's show after the programme's lawyers were contacted by a 23-year-old man who claims he had a sexual relationship with the puppeteer seven years ago, when he was aged 16.
Iconic: Kevin Clash, left, who has voiced Elmo for two decades, arrives at the 35th International Emmy Awards in 2007.
He has appeared on Martha Stewart Living and Martha, The Tony Danza Show, Rove Live, Wait Wait... He has also appeared on Emeril Live, helping Emeril make (non-alcoholic) eggnog during a Holiday Special shown in December 2008.
Kevin Clash and Aaron Neville were also guests on this show.
In that episode, Elmo receives a medical checkup from Abbey Bartlet, the First Lady (who is making a guest appearance on Sesame Street), and cheekily questions her about the validity of her medical license.