Three of Four Original Wiggles Retiring

Three of the four members of the original Wiggles band are retiring.

The Australian children’s group will be hanging up their colorful suits and leaving the blue Wiggle to continue the franchise.

Jeff Fatt (Purple Wiggle), Murray Cook (Red Wiggle) and Greg Page (Yellow Wiggle) will officially retire after the group finishes up their “Celebration Tour”.

The three members will no longer be part of the on-stage action, but will continue to take on creative roles behind the scenes.

“We’ve been entertaining children around the world for 21 years and it’s important that we plan for the future so that The Wiggles can keep wiggling in the years to come,” Cook said in the statement.

The band has sold more than 23 million DVDs and 7 million CDs worldwide, and its TV shows are broadcast in more than 100 countries, according to The Wiggles’ website.

The Wiggles, who earn upwards of $45 million each year, will be replaced by Emma Watkins, Lachlan Gillespie, and Simon Pryce, who  will become the new Yellow, Purple and Red Wiggles, respectively.

This is the first time the Wiggles have welcomed a female into the group.

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