Another twist in the Bert and Ernie controversy.

But Saltzman—who is himself gay—now says he was taken out of context.

Speaking to The New York Times, he said: “As a writer, you just bring what you know into your work.

“Somehow, in the uproar, that turned into Bert and Ernie being gay. There is a difference.”

Saltzman added: “They are two guys who love each other. That’s who they are.”

The writer also said that Sesame Street should include a gay human couple, rather than puppets.