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In news that’s breaking little hearts all over the world, Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins has announced she’s hanging up her bow and leaving the children’s group.

The super popular entertainer has been with The Wiggles for 11 years, spending nine of them as the Yellow Wiggle. The Wiggles have announced Emma will be replaced with new Yellow Wiggle Tsehay Hawkins, who recently joined the group.

“The time has now come for me to pass the yellow skivvy on,” Emma explained in a social media video. “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.”

Emma Wiggle leaving

Blue Wiggle Anthony Field also released a video on behalf of the group. “In 2013 Greg famously handed over the yellow skivvy to Emma, making her the first female Wiggle. We’ve had an amazing time with Emma over this period. And while we’re sad to see her go, we know she has many other passions she’d like to pursue.”

Anthony said as The Wiggles continue to evolve and look to the future they’re excited to be welcoming Tsehay into the yellow skivvy.

Tsehay new Yellow Wiggle

Sixteen-year-old Tsehay said she grew up watching The Wiggles and has already loved working with Anthony, Emma, Simon, Lachy, Evie, Kelly, John and all the Wiggly characters filming their latest TV series Fruit Salad TV.

“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,” she wrote on social media. “Dancing has always been my passion, and I look forward to being able to share the joy of song and dance with children all over the world! Thank you to Emma Wiggle for leading the way.”

How do you and the kids feel about Emma leaving The Wiggles?

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  • I wish Emma all the best on her PhD and know that she will be deeply missed by all the youngsters.

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  • Emma was so lovely to have as a Wiggle. My littlest will miss her.

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  • Kids will really miss her.

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  • Amazing that she’s studying to get a PHD. I never would’ve expected that.

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  • My daughter grew up with the OG Wiggles so this is just another incarnation of the formula.

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  • I totally understand. She’s had many health issues and it’s just time. I had no idea it had been so long and I just love her replacement.

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  • Honestly happy to see her go she does my head in haha I’m looking forward to see how this new young talent will take over!

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  • My sons love Emma, she is a national favourite. 16 is very young for the new wiggle???

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  • We will miss her in our house. I’m interested to see how this changes the wiggles.

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  • Definitely a shock, but congratulations on doing what’s best for you.

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  • Emma was very popular and will be missed. I wish her well for the future.

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  • Such an asset to the wiggles!! Lucky we can continue to watch Emma I all the old videos. Were going to miss her in our house.

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  • Love her devotion to sign language and the deaf community !

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  • Aw she will be missed by the wiggles and those who love the wiggles, but I’m sure she’ll bless other people with her plans

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  • Definitely going to Miss our favourite Emma❤️

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