Wiggles Shakeup: Three Members of the Children's Music Quartet Will Stop Performing, Be Replaced

Original foursome will embark on a final Celebration Tour, then Blue Wiggle (Anthony Field) will continue on with replacements

By Rebecca Macatee May 17, 2012 8:15 PMTags
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Fans of the Wiggles, we have some bad news: The good-natured Aussie foursome has some major changes in store.

Of the group's four original members, three have decided to "step off the stage and hand over the Purple, Red and Yellow skivvies to a new generation of Wiggles," according to their website.

Jeff Fatt (Purple Wiggle), Murray Cook (Red Wiggle), and Greg Page (Yellow Wiggle) have been entertaining children around the world for 21 years. Now, Anthony Field (Blue Wiggle) will helm the performance group with three new members.

"Singing, dancing and making music with you all has been great fun but it has also meant spending a long time away from our own families and friends," they said in a letter to fans. "We tour eight months of the year and have performed more than 6000 shows since The Wiggles began, and Murray, Jeff and Greg have decided it's time to spend more time at home."

But fret not: There's still time to see the original foursome in action. They will embark on their Celebration Tour, kicking off in Singapore later this month, with shows planned for the U.K., United States, Canada and New Zealand in the coming months. They'll return to Australia for more shows in November "so that Murray, Jeff and Greg can say farewell to you all."

The gang said they "can't wait for you to meet Emma, Lachlan and Simon, who will put on the Yellow, Purple and Red skivvies and join Anthony on stage next year." The new Wiggles "know how special it is to make children smile, sing and dance" and the original Wiggles are confident "you will love them just as much as we do."

Murray, Jeff and Greg also wanted their fans to know they'll "still be very involved in The Wiggles from behind the scenes, creating new songs and dances and supporting the new team."