Saturday, March 3, 2012

Why Can't There Be A Fifth Wiggle?

Earlier this year, Yellow Wiggle Sam Moran got sacked because the original Yellow Wiggle, Greg Page, had recovered from his condition enough to work and tour with the commercial powerhouse children's group again.

Of course, the corporate spin began immediately following the press release about the termination. It wasn't about money, or personality, they said; it was about getting the original team back together.

The kiddies might not be old enough to cut through the corporate BS yet (it's an important skill they should master, though!), but the press did pretty quickly.

Sam did a wonderful job as the Yellow Wiggle and was, more than the others, the front man of the band.

The Wiggles hauled in a cool $28.5 mill last year, so there's more than enough money to go around. And, even though Sam was the de facto front man, his pay was an incredibly depressing 1% of the group's total revenue. So his axing is clearly not about money.

So my question is this: Why can't there be five Wiggles? Sam is every bit as good a performer as the others (maybe more so), and I don't see why the kids would object to having a Green Wiggle or a Brown Wiggle or a Fuschia Wiggle.

Unfortunately, the only answer can be there was a major personality conflict among Sam and somebody in the band. There's just no other rational explanation for the move.

This post is an exercise in futility of course. The Wiggles have made their decision and Sam probably doesn't want to go back now that he's been treated so shabbily. So the least I can say is, Good luck, Sam, and thank you for entertaining my daughter so much!


seana said...

I have no idea who these people are, but you're right--there are some big gaps in their color scheme.

Nathanael Green said...

Could it have anything to do with the fact that that yellow guy is apparently 68 years younger than the other 3?


Anonymous said...

The truth is that in the beginning there were 5 members. Their original members were Anthony Field, Phillip Wilcher, Murray Cook, Greg Page, and Jeff Fatt. I believe it's the incredibly big ego of little man Anthony who over the last few years tried to get his mug on the TV to overpower the Lead front man Sam. Now that Greg is back They will be less inclined to Show as much of Greg as they did back in the early DVD's, so that will keep Anthony the go to guy.

Anonymous said...

Seana -

I'll give them their due--they're very good at entertaining the kiddies.

And they've got enough money to successfully invade small countries if they wanted to.

-Brian O

Anonymous said...

Nate -

You had to play the age card, didn't you?


Anonymous said...

Anon -

Did you see the horribly awkward interview Anthony, Greg, and Jeff gave announcing Greg's return? (I can't find it on Youtube, but it was there a few days ago)


Anonymous said...

So glad my son is out of the wiggle stage...ughhh... too funny of a post!