I’m not sure Elmo will be happy to learn about the episodes that were pulled. | Image: Sesame Workshop

In potentially devastating news for kids and parents, about 200 episodes of Sesame Street have been removed from HBO Max, Variety reports. Many of the dropped episodes are from the show’s earliest seasons, and the number of Sesame Street episodes on the service has fallen from around 650 to 456, according to Variety.

HBO and Sesame Street have been connected for years; WarnerMedia (now Warner Bros. Discovery) locked in a big five-year deal in 2019 to exclusively stream new episodes of the show, and Sesame Street first began airing on HBO in 2016.

It’s unclear why this slate of episodes has disappeared from HBO Max, and we’ve reached out to Warner Bros. Discovery and Sesame Workshop for comment. But the older episodes of Sesame Street…

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