Longtime ‘Sesame Street’ characters will remain on show

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Left to right: 'Sesame Street' hosts Matt Robinson (Gordon), Will Lee (Mr. Hooper) Loretta Long (Susan) and Bob McGrath (Bob) stand with Big Bird in a promotional still on the set of the educational public television series, circa 1969. (Photo by Children's Television Workshop/Courtesy of Getty Images)

Left to right: ‘Sesame Street’ hosts Matt Robinson (Gordon), Will Lee (Mr. Hooper) Loretta Long (Susan) and Bob McGrath (Bob) stand with Big Bird in a promotional still on the set of the educational public television series, circa 1969. (Photo by Children’s Television Workshop/Courtesy of Getty Images)

NEW YORK — “Sesame Street” characters Bob, Gordon and Luis aren’t going away.

The children’s show said that actor Bob McGrath, part of the original cast in 1969, and Emilio Delgado, who plays Luis the handyman, last performed in episodes taped in 2013.

Roscoe Orman, who has played original character Gordon since 1974, filmed new appearances for the current season of the show, which, beginning this year, is airing on HBO as well as on PBS.

McGrath, 84, said on a podcast recently that since the move to HBO “they let all of the original cast members go.”

A spokeswoman for the show said Thursday that all three would continue to appear on the show. She also made clear that HBO has nothing to do with the production of the show.

It’s been a rough year overall for fans who love the veteran characters of “Sesame Street.”

In July 2015, Sonia Manzano, who had played shop owner Maria — Luis’ wife — on the PBS series for almost 45 years, announced she was retiring.

The series’ move to HBO was announced last year. New episodes will air on the premium cable channel and then appear on the free airwaves months later.