EDUCATION: Kermit the Frog Says That Pig Isn’t My ‘New Girlfriend’ as They Objectify a Fav Childhood Character

TIME by Jack Linshi 7:50 PM ET

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Denise and him “are simply close friends,” Kermit said

Kermit the Frog denied rumors of his “new girlfriend” in statementposted Tuesday to Twitter, just weeks after breaking up with longtime lover Miss Piggy and reportedly becoming close with a new pig named Denise.

“While I prefer to keep my personal life private, this is Hollywood, so who am I kidding?” Kermit said. “It is true that I am dating again. However, at this time no one woman–pig or otherwise–is my official ‘new girlfriend.’ We are simply close friends.”

The Muppets’ romantic drama arrives ahead of the premiere of a rebootedThe Muppets sitcom. The docu-series, which explores the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, premieres on ABC on Sept. 22.