Viral video imagines Elmo getting fired over PBS budget cuts

By The Associated Press | March 22, 2017 | 8:47 AM EDT

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2011, file photo, Elmo of the film "Being Elmo" poses for a portrait in the Fender Music Lodge during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. A viral video posted online Friday, March 17, 2017, imagined Elmo getting fired from "Sesame Street" due to PBS budget cuts. (AP Photo/Victoria Will, File)

A viral online video imagines lovable "Sesame Street" character Elmo getting fired due to budget cuts to PBS.

The video shows an unseen man delivering the news to Elmo in a nondescript room. Elmo doesn't take the news well, complaining that he's worked at "Sesame Street" for 32 years. He also wonders what's going to happen to his medical insurance, given that he has a pre-existing condition.

The man suggests Elmo take pictures with tourists in New York's Times Square for his next job.

Elmo isn't the only "Sesame Street" character laid off in the scenario, the man mentions Cookie Monster and Telly have also been let go.

President Donald Trump's proposed budget seeks to eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which helps fund PBS.