Decades of speculation are over and we can finally sleep soundly.
Former Sesame Street writer Mark Saltzman has confirmed what we’d all assumed to be true – two of the show’s most recognised characters, Bert and Ernie, were written as a gay couple.
Saltzman told Queerty he wrote the pair based on his own relationship with film editor Arnold Glassman, who died in 2003.
“I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert & Ernie, they were [gay]. I didn’t have any other way to contextualise them. The other thing was, more than one person referred to Arnie & I as ‘Bert & Ernie.'”