First Steve Irwin. Now Greg. The Australian entertainment industry has taken another sucker punch, and kids the world over are again getting a grim lesson in morality today, as lead singer Greg Page is expected to announces he’s leaving The Wiggles because of a serious illness.
If you’re to old to know The Wiggles (stars of stage, screen, DVDs, books and The Disney Channel), the announcement is the equivalent of Mick Jagger leaving the Rolling Stones, Fergie quitting The Black Eyed Peas, that guy with the yellow hair and black eyeliner walking away from My Chemical– oh, you get the point…Greg is “The Yellow Wiggle.” They say he’s been hit with a “mystery illness” that includes bouts of fainting (sounds like he’s got “the wiggles”). Their manager, who’s the brother of Anthony “The Blue Wiggle,” says doctors can’t diagnose the ailment, but he insists it’s not cancer.
Greg’s had a rough year. He’s missed a lot of Wiggles live shows and has been replaced onstage by an understudy since he had a double hernia operation in December. The official announcement is expected today at a press conference in Perth, where the pub rockers-turned-kiddie-stars are launching a new tour.
(Meanwhile, the Crocodile Hunter’s widow has taken daughter Bindi to a psychologist because the little girl has been “so happy” since her daddy’s death. She’s the girl mom was hoping to push straight into a new TV series…)