Bert and Ernie are gay – if you want them to be

Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie are gay, the Sesame Workshop has confirmed.

But only if you want them to be.

Fans have speculated over the roommates’ sexuality for years now, with Sesame Workshop insisting only in September last year that they were just “best friends” and, as puppets, had no sexual orientation.

However, speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Brown Johnson, the executive vice president of Sesame Workshop, said: “People can think whatever they want. You want to think they’re gay? OK. You want to think they’re not gay? They’re not gay.”