Sesame Street Writer Confirms Bert & Ernie Are A Gay Couple

The bickering makes sense now!

Hayley Mitchelhill-Miller

18 September 2018

Hayley Mitchelhill-Miller

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Growing up, we all watched Sesame Street and we’ve probably introduced our children, cousins and younger relatives to the iconic show, too. 

Two characters we have always had a soft spot for are Bert and Ernie, because they’re basically the bickering equivalent of us all in a relationship. 

That said, it turns out they actually were written as a couple, according to the writer!


Sesame Street writer Mark Saltzman spoke with Queerty, revealing that he always wrote the couple thinking that they were a gay couple. 

“I always felt that without a huge agenda when I was writing Bert & Ernie, they were. I didn’t have any other way to contextualize them.”

He continued, saying that writing about Bert & Ernie’s relationship was informed by his own with film editor Arnold Glassman, “I don’t think I’d know how else to write them, but as a loving couple. . . That’s what I had in my life, a Bert & Ernie relationship. How could it not permeate? The things that would tick off Arnie would be the things that would tick off Bert.”


Their bickering now makes sense… but Bert really needs to pick up his game and treat Ernie better! 


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