Bert and Ernie are just friends, says Sesame Workshop

Bert and Ernie made headlines today after Mark Saltzman, who wrote for the show for 14 years starting in 1984, said in Queerty interview: "I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert and Ernie, they were [gay]."

In response, Sesame Workshop released a statement insisting that Bert and Ernie are just "best friends.... They remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation."