Emma Wiggle announces she’s retiring the yellow skivvy

Oct 19, 2021
Yellow wiggle, Emma Watkins annonces her retirement from the popular children's group. Source: Getty Images.

In what will undoubtedly be devastating news for millions of children around the world, Emma Watkins, also known as the Yellow Wiggle, has announced she is leaving the popular children’s group.

Watkins, who donned the yellow skivvy in 2010 and is the only female member of The Wiggles, will leave the group at the end of 2021 to focus more on her family and university studies.

She will be replaced by 15-year-old Tsehay Hawkins who was announced as the latest member of the group in August.


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Watkins released a statement on her Instagram announcing, “After 11 years of performing with The Wiggles the time has come for me to pass the yellow skivvy on”.

“Like many people around the world, the pandemic has given me time to reflect on what is important in life,” she said.

“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’m really looking forward to devoting more time and energy to focus on completing my PhD which incorporates my ongoing passion for sign language, dance and film editing, and to having more time to work with the deaf community.”


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Tsehay Hawkins who will be taking up the Yellow Wiggle mantle relayed her “exciting Wiggly news” in a post on her Instagram.

“I grew up watching The Wiggles and I’ve already loved working with Anthony, Emma, Simon, Lachy, Evie, Kelly, John and all the Wiggly characters filming their latest TV series Fruit Salad TV,” she said.

“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.

“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!”


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The Wiggles bid farewell to Watkins in a post to Instagram with the caption, “Today we announced the sad news that after nine years of performing in the yellow skivvy as the first-ever female Wiggle, Emma has made the momentous decision to hang up her yellow bow.”


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All the changes to the popular children’s entertainment group aside, tickets for The Wiggles’ 2022 arena tour are on sale from their website, with the tour due to start in February 2022.

Fan favourite, the yellow wiggle, announced her retirement today. How will you be breaking the news to the grandkids today?

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