Bert and Ernie “are not gay”

Sesame Workshop, the organisation behind TV show Sesame Street, has (once again) issued a statement saying that characters Bert and Ernie, who live together, are not gay, and are just best friends.

The statement follows an interview by Queerty with show writer Mark Saltzman who said that: “I don’t think I’d know how else to write them, but as a loving couple.” and also suggested that he wrote them with himself and his former partner in mind.

In a statement, Sesame Workshop said that the characters, who debuted in 1969, “do not have a sexual orientation.

“Bert and Ernie may look human, but the pair remain puppets.

“They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves.”

Ben and Ernie’s sexuality has been questioned constantly over the years, and the couple have become gay icons.