Leah Beckmann · 07/01/13 12:20PM

A judge dismissed the three child molestation suits brought against Elmo creator Kevin Clash this morning, stating that the statute of limitations had expired. Wondering how to explain this final chapter to the kids? Gawker can help.

How to Explain the Latest Elmo Sex Scandal News to Your Kids: an Illustrated Guide Starring Spider-Man and My Little Pony

Max Read · 11/27/12 07:06PM

You thought you were out of the woods on explaining the Elmo sex scandal. Well you were wrong. Dead wrong. Puppeteer Kevin Clash, beloved for creating Sesame Street's Elmo character and also for creating this sex scandal, now faces three accusers who claim that Clash trolled gay phone chat lines to find underage teenagers to seduce at his home. And now you're asking yourself, "which gay phone chat lines, exactly, for research?" And also, "how can I tell my kids?"

How to Explain the Elmo Sex Scandal to Your Kids: an Illustrated Guide Starring Justin Bieber and Elmo

Max Read · 11/14/12 05:44PM

As the Elmo Sex Scandal — one of the top two current Sex Scandals in the United States — draws to an anticlimactic close, parents across the country have been left wondering: how can I explain to my children that Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who provides Elmo with life has been accused of having sex with a 16-year-old, and furthermore that the man in question (now 23) recanted his story within days of the initial accusation?

Sesame Street Characters Have Been Terrorizing TV Personalities All Day

Kate Bennert · 09/20/12 08:26PM

So it seems that in order to promote their 43rd season, the PR people over at Sesame Street have been recklessly booking all of their cracked-out muppets on (for the most part) already intolerable television shows. Consequently, America's best and brightest TV personalities were forced to interact with furry, 3-foot-tall, talking, moving stuffed animals that can't even appear on camera without some sort of table or podium concealing all of their sticks and wires.

A Jew-Hating Elmo In Central Park

Adrian Chen · 06/25/12 12:05PM

Here is a picture of a man in an Elmo suit being carted away from Central Park Zoo in an ambulance yesterday. Visitors complained that he'd been wandering the park, screaming obscene anti-semitic rants.

How the Montauk Grifter Infiltrated the World of Hell's Kitchen

John Cook · 02/17/12 03:13PM

Mystery solved, sort of: It seems reasonably clear to me that Daniel Kaufman, a.k.a., Dan Kay, a.k.a. Dan Katze, a.k.a. the Busted Chef, a.k.a. the Montauk Grifter, never actually worked as a producer on Hell's Kitchen, as he repeatedly claimed to the people he conned. But he definitely managed to convince several of the show's former contestants that he worked there, which is some fairly acrobatic grifting.