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Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins has announced that she is leaving the group after 11 years, causing a countless number of tributes to flood social media.

 Tsehay Hawkins will take up the yellow skivvies as the New Yellow Wiggle.

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from Perth now 19.10.21

There wasn’t a dry eye in the Wiggle house this morning after the news that “bowtastic” Emma Watkins is leaving the group after 11 years.

Tributes to the yellow Wiggle have flooded social media including from founding Wiggles member Anthony Field.

“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, including her PhD and work with the Deaf community.”

Thousands of fans also shared their heartbreak and love for Watkins.

“My son is going to be heartbroken to not see you at Wiggles show next year!! Thank you for bringing so much joy into little peoples’ lives. We wish you the absolute best with your next venture,” one fan wrote on Instagram.

“Sad to see Emma go but understand the reasons why. Thank you for being my daughter’s favourite Wiggle,” wrote another.

One spoke of her well-publicised battle with endometriosis: “Emma you are such an inspiration to girls of all ages. And you are an amazing voice for the Endo community. I wish you nothing but happiness.”

new Yellow Wiggle Tsehay Hawkins poses alongside Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus.
new Yellow Wiggle Tsehay Hawkins poses alongside Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus. Credit: Handout/The Wiggles via Getty Images

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has also weighed in, saying his household was “distraught” at the news of Emma Wiggle’s departure.

“I mean how are there Wiggles without Emma? We’ll see, we’ll see,” Mr Perrottet said.

“I woke up to the news, (daughter) Harriet was distraught, but they’ll get over it in time.

“And The Wiggles have evolved over time and I have complete confidence that The Wiggles will be great again.”

In a statement released today, Watkins announced the move saying it was time for her to pass the yellow skivvy on to 16-year-old world Latin dance champion Tsehay Hawkins.

“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,” she said.

“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.”

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