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Kermit wades into Scottish independence debate

Kermit and Miss Piggy arriving at the premiere of The Muppets Most Wanted. Credit: Entertainment

Kermit the Frog has become the latest celebrity figure to pledge his support for Scotland staying in the UK.

Asked in a Big Issue interview whether he agreed with David Bowie on keeping the union in tact, the Muppets star replied "Absolutely!".

Kermit's views on Scottish independence do not mark his first foray into politics - here he is with Michelle Obama earlier this month. Credit: Olivier Douliery/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

However he did warn that his long-time partner Miss Piggy may not share his opinion.

“I understand that Miss Piggy is willing to serve as Queen of Scotland if there is a split. So you may want to guard your castles.”

Muppets join Robbie Williams as he launches new album

Robbie Williams poked fun at himself - and fellow celebrities - as he launched his new swing album with a one-off big band show in front of a star-studded audience.

Robbie Williams as he unveils his forthcoming album, Swings Both Ways, at the London Palladium, in central London Credit: Simon Niblett/IE Music/PA

The singer put on an all-singing, all-dancing spectacular at the London Palladium to showcase songs from Swings Both Ways, with guest performances from the likes of Lily Allen, Rufus Wainwright and Miss Piggy.

There were also celebrities in the audience, with Liam Payne from One Direction, award-winner Adele and comedian Alan Carr watching Williams perform songs from the album, his second inspired by his love of swing.


Muppets co-creator Jane Henson dies aged 78

Jane Henson, who helped create the Muppets, has died at the age of 78.

She met Jim Henson in a University of Maryland puppetry class in the mid-1950s, and they became creative and business partners in the development of the Muppets.

The Jim Henson Company said Jane Henson died on Tuesday at her Connecticut home following a battle with cancer.

The Hensons married in 1959 and had five children: Lisa, Cheryl, Brian, John and Heather. The pair separated in 1986, and Jim Henson died in 1990.

In 1992, Jane Henson created and funded The Jim Henson Legacy to preserve his artistic contributions.

A memorial Mass for Jane Henson is planned for next week.

Ricky Gervais to star in new Muppets film

Ricky Gervais will join Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy in the new Muppets film, director James Bobin confirmed.

The writer and star of The Office will play the sidekick to villain Constantine - who looks identical to Kermit - in the latest film of The Muppets series, which is set for a March 2014 release.

Ricky Gervais will star in the new Muppets film, which will be released in 2014. Credit: Brian O'Sullivan/EMPICS Entertainment

Comedian Tina Fey will also be in the new film, playing prison guard Nadya, and Modern Family actor Ty Burrell will play an Interpol agent.

Bobin said the film will pay homage to the 1960s comedy Pink Panther films, starring British comedian Peter Sellers.

The director said: "It's a tip of the hat to the old-school crime capers of the '60s, but featuring a frog, a pig, a bear and a dog - no panthers, even pink ones - along with the usual Muppet-y mix of mayhem, music and laughs."