The news is true and it’s a little sad – Maria is leaving Sesame Street.
You may have seen the headlines and there’s probably not much I can add. However, for anyone who grew up with Sesame Street or has any emotional investment in this exceptional education program, this is a bittersweet moment, at best.
The Sesame Workshop posted the following statement on the Sesame Street Facebook page on Thursday, July 2:
Sonia Manzano has announced her retirement from Sesame Street, but she will always be a part of the fabric of our neighborhood. During her 44-year career as the iconic “Maria,” and the first leading Latina woman on television, she was a role model for young girls and women for generations. Sonia’s talents on Sesame Street extend beyond her groundbreaking role on camera; she also earned 15 Emmy awards as a member of Sesame Street’s writing team. We’ll always be grateful for her many years on Sesame Street as a champion of diversity and helping millions of kids grow up smarter, stronger and kinder.
Again, nothing much to add. Maria will be missed but we can only savor the fond memories and wish Sonia well. And remember: as long as we still have Sesame Street, everything will be A-OK.