Is this how you repay Jason Segel, Muppets? The How I Met Your Mother star practically brings you back from the dead (or, at least, from Hollywood obscurity) by co-writing, executive producing and starring in a winning family comedy, and you cut him out of the planned sequel?

OK, so it isn’t quite going down that harshly, though Segel is confirming to Collider that he will not be back for the planned Muppets sequel, and it might even be his choice. “It’s totally amicable,” Segel tells the site. “My goal was to bring The Muppets back and I did that leaving them in very good hands, my writing partner and James Bobin the director. I did what I set out to do, and now I wanna pursue more human-related projects.”

Which is fine, but it still kind of sucks. Segel was part of the charm of Bobin’s not-so-surprising hit, though he’d be the first person to admit that the majority of the audience members turned up to see Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of Jim Henson’s puppets, and not necessarily the human characters with which the Muppets interacted. This probably means Amy Adams is breaking free from the sequel, as well, freeing the franchise to go in a completely new direction. And they could even keep new Muppet Walter -- who was Segel’s “brother” in the Muppet reboot – in order to maintain some continuity to last year’s hit film.

Perhaps this is the best move for Segel, who would have a tough time living up to the standards set by his Muppet rebirth. Now he’ll forever be able to claim that he helped bring the Muppets back, and whatever happens next with a sequel can’t take that away. He also leaves the door open for future Muppet collaborations, but for now, the franchise moves on without Segel and heads in unknown directions. What do you think the Muppets should do next?

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