Emma Wiggle announces her retirement from The Wiggles

Tuesday, October 19th, 2021 8:14am

By Ali Hill

So, who is the new Yellow Wiggle?!

Emma Watkins – aka Emma Wiggle has announced she’s quitting the group after a decade as the beloved Yellow Wiggle.

The 32-year-old, who was the first female Wiggle, has decided to leave to pursue other passions and will leave the group at the end of the year.

“After 11 years of performing with The Wiggles, and nine of those as the Yellow Wiggle, the time has come for me to pass the yellow skivvy on,” 

“Like many people around the world, the pandemic has given me time to reflect on what is important in life. For me, that means spending more time at home, something that I didn’t realise I was missing out on being away eight months of the year on tour, but something that I have really cherished over the last 18 months.

“I am also really looking forward to devoting more time and energy on completing my PhD that incorporates my ongoing passion for sign language, dance and film editing, and to having more time to work with the Deaf community.

I am eternally grateful to The Wiggles for giving me the amazing opportunity to be the first female Wiggle, a role that I have loved and one that has brought me so much joy and an abundance of bowtiful memories that I will treasure forever.

“As The Wiggles continue to evolve and someone new now steps into the yellow skivvy, I look forward to seeing children and families embrace them, just as I was when I began. I wish The Wiggles much continued success as they continue to delight children all over the world.”

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Founding Wiggle, Anthony Field, announced Emma's replacement - 16-year-old Tsehay Hawkins, (pronounced se-hi) who was already part of the Wiggle's Fruit Salad team.

He posted, "Today we announced the sad news that after nine years of performing in the yellow skivvy as the first-ever female Wiggle, Emma has made the momentous decision to hang up her yellow bow. πŸ’›

This also means we are giving a warm Wiggly welcome to @tsehay.hawkins who is set to become the new Yellow Wiggle! πŸ’›

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by The Wiggles (@thewiggles)

 

Tsehay was super excited to share her Wiggly news with fans, posting, "I have some very exciting Wiggly news to share with you all! ✨ 

I grew up watching The Wiggles and I’ve already loved working with Anthony, Emma, Simon, Lachy, Evie, Kelly, John and all the Wiggly characters filming their latest TV series Fruit Salad TV. πŸ™πŸΎ

I’m now incredibly excited and honoured to be joining them now in the yellow skivvy and to have the chance to go out on the road in the new arena tour, I can’t wait to meet all the Wiggly fans. πŸ’›"


Let's give Tsehay a Warm Wiggly Welcome... 

Source: YouTube/Instagram/EmmaWiggle/TheWiggles/TsehayHawkins

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