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Ernie (Sesame Street)
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Ernie (Sesame Street)

Ernie is a muppet character on PBS' long-running children's television show, Sesame Street. He and Bert form a comic duo that is one of the program's centerpieces, with Ernie acting the role of the naive trouble-maker and Bert the world-weary foil.

Ernie is well known for his fondness for baths with his Rubber Duckie and for (not) learning to play the saxophone because he wouldn't put down the duck.

Ernie was originally voiced by Jim Henson. Vocally, Ernie strongly resembles one of Henson's other character creations, Kermit the Frog.

Because Ernie and Bert share a bedroom (in separate beds) it is sometimes remarked that they are representations of gay lovers.

It is sometimes claimed that Bert and Ernie are named after the characters Bert and Ernie who appear in the Frank Capra film It's a Wonderful Life; Sesame Workshop and Jim Henson Production deny this allegation.