New ‘Sesame Street’ character is Korean American

“Sesame Street” said Friday it is introducing a Korean American character.

The show tweeted an image of “Sammy” with the tweet: “Meet Sammy. A new Asian-American Muppet! She has a funny laugh. She says, ‘I am me. I am purple. I am happy!’ She will be on #SesameStreet in the fall.”

Sammy will feature the voices of Sesame Workshop employees Moises Kaufman and Sarah Guilfoyle. Two other blue Muppets, named Nate and Arlo, will be featured on the show for viewers ages 3 to 5.

Sesame Workshop first announced last year it was creating more diversity on “Sesame Street.” On “Sesame Street,” it uses puppets of all ethnic backgrounds and many languages.

“Sesame Street is so deeply rooted in diversity and inclusiveness, and we are very proud of that,” Carolyn Bertner, Sesame Workshop’s senior vice president for audience experience, said in a statement in March 2015. “And yet, there is one element of the show where we felt the world needed more color and more of all the cultural traditions that are the foundation of the American South. And so we decided to create a new character who would represent that.”

The show will be aired on HBO. A representative for HBO could not be reached immediately for comment.

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