The year 2001 included several significant puppet related events.
- Hallamrk Entertainment bought Henson's half of the Odyssey Network and named it Hallmark Channel.
- Sesame Workshop gives Viacom full ownership of Noggin.
- David Rudman begins performing Cookie Monster, though not exclusively.
- Eric Jacobson begins performing Miss Piggy, Animal, Fozzie Bear, Bert and Grover though not exclusively.
- August 31 - Mister Rogers' Neighborhood final air date.