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Wiggles drama divides parents

Sam Moran (in yellow) thought he was a crucial part of the Wiggles line-up, until he was dumped this week.
Sam Moran (in yellow) thought he was a crucial part of the Wiggles line-up, until he was dumped this week. Contributed

MUMS and dads of Ipswich are divided on the dumping of children's favourite, frontman Sam Moran, by supergroup The Wiggles.

Founding member Greg Page will once again don the yellow skivvy after being forced to retire five years ago due to a chronic condition known as orthostatic intolerance.

Mr Moran first joined the group in 1998 as host of the Dorothy the Dinosaur Show and was once Mr Page's understudy.

Feelings about Wiggles Incorporated's highly controversial decision are mixed in Ipswich.

"I don't think it was right, I think they should've kept Sam in there because he's been with them the last five years," Bellbird Park resident Nicole Shields said.

"I think he deserves more money."

Mr Moran was allegedly paid $200,000 a year, less than one per cent of Wiggles Incorporated's reported annual earnings - estimated at $28.5 million last year - and received a payout of $60,000 following his termination.

Heather and Stephen Savage of Brassall feel the sacking has ruffled the feathers of parents who can identify with problems in the workplace, more so than their children.

"It's really about issues that children don't understand, it's about loyalty and fairness in the world," Mr Savage said.

"I think the symbol really more is the skivvy and the other characters, I don't know how much they identify with the person that's wearing the outfit," Ms Savage added.

Mr Savage agreed, saying: "Children are used to change, that's part of their lives."

As a retiree and founding member, Mr Savage said he felt Mr Page had a right to return to the global stage as did North Ipswich's Les Stibbe.

"I think Greg deserves to come back because he started The Wiggles," Mr Stibbe said.

Krystal Mann's daughter Kaliahna is approaching her third birthday and watches The Wiggles every second day.

She's a huge fan of the group, owning books, DVDs and even a Dorothy the Dinosaur costume but her mum doesn't think she'll mind the change.

"I don't think she will notice, The Wiggles DVDs she started off with had the original people in it anyway so when Sam came in on the show she was sort of confused," Ms Mann said.

For six-year-old Sophia and her younger sister Abi, "Sam" was their favourite Wiggle.

"They might be a bit disappointed but I think they'll be ok with it," mum Alex Asmus said.

Since forming in Sydney more than two decades ago, The Wiggles have established themselves as both a national institution and global phenomenon, their TV shows broadcasting in over 100 countries.

While the media and online community is awash with rumours and allegations, when it comes to The Wiggles, the children of Ipswich won't be switching off.

Topics:  children entertainment ipswich parents the wiggles


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