That's exactly my thought. I absolutely am still in love with the show stealing magic Steve created in the 80s with Bean Bunny, Rizzo, Wembley, as well as his Kermit in the 90s/2000s/2010s and all his characters and clout on Muppet Television segments on the Jim Henson Hour(my fave Muppet tv show to date) Thinking back, the early to mid 90s were a dark time already so I left watching Muppets post Jim Henson until Muppets Tonight started airing in 96'. But I immediately loved what Steve brought to Kermit and other characters.
Which is why I still feel raw from the news of Steve's firing, which in itself for whatever reason was kept secret for so long. I was never in the "Kermit and the gang should have died with JH", and while Steves Kermit never sounded anything like Jims Kermit to me, I immediately loved his Kermit. Of course his manic high voiced energy crazed characters of Rizzo, Bean and Wembley are so signature Steve, that I honestly cant see them ever being replaced.
I realize my July thoughts on the Steve situation seemed a bit extreme compared to the rest of Muppet online fandom, but it just felt like it came out of nowhere. And yet...and yet despite how not right it feels for Steve to be ostracized and kicked out of Disney Muppets/Sesame/JHC due to inter-office politics, I have to be excited for the new Kermit. Even Steve has given his blessing to Matt as a fellow puppeteer brother, even if he hasnt given his blessing on Matt haven taken over his signature role. BUT...I cant help but feel beyond giddy goosebump excited to hear Jim Henson's Kermit coming thru in some of those Hollywood Bowl clips. As if, were bending and folding time back to 1990 and bringing early 1990 Kermit into 2017.