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Explaining The Hard Stuff, Sesame Style

When I was pulling clips for our Sesame Street Scandals segment — I came across possibly the most poignant moment in all of children's television. (It's on par with the death of Bambi's mom.) When the Sesame Street gang explains to Big Bird that Mr. Hooper's death means he isn't coming back, they do it with the kind of honesty that adults rarely find for each other, and almost never for kids. Given we can only play 30 seconds during the show — here's the whole thing. I dare you not to tear up.