‘Sesame Street’ Writer Confirms Bert & Ernie Are Gay Lovers

They’ve been roommates the past 49 years but slept in separate beds. Bert and Ernie’s sexual orientation has long been the subject of curiosity. And it still is, after today’s chain of events.

In an exclusive interview with Queerty, Mark Saltzman, who wrote on the children’s program several times over the course of 13 years, reveals he thought of Bert and Ernie as gay when he wrote for them. He goes on to say he saw his own relationship with editor Arnold Glassman in the iconic pair.

“And I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert and Ernie, they were [gay]. I didn’t have any other way to contextualize them. The other thing was, more than one person referred to Arnie and I as ‘Bert and Ernie,’ ” Saltzman said.

“That’s what I had in my life, a Bert and Ernie relationship. How could it not permeate?” Saltzman continued. “The things that would tick off Arnie would be the things that would tick off Bert. How could it not? I will say that I would never have said to the head writer, ‘Oh, I’m writing this, this is my partner and me.’ “

Just because Saltzman has spoken his truth, don’t expect Bert and Ernie to become the grand marshals at a pride parade near you. A spokesperson for Sesame Workshop has countered Saltzman’s statement. Read it below.

Frank Oz, who’s a longtime puppeteer for the show, also disputes Saltman’s take.

To read more of Saltzman’s interview, head over to Queerty.