Mister Rogers’ Surprising Relationship with His Costar Officer Clemmons: ‘Fred Was the Spiritual Love of My Life'




Clemmons was a core cast member of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood until 1993. On his last show with Rogers (during which the pair recreated their iconic, color-barrier-breaking sharing of a kiddie pool), Clemmons would sing on-air to his costar and soulmate one last time. The song: “There Are Many Ways to Say I Love You.”

Says Clemmons, “Fred never stopped listening and I never shut up. He was the spiritual love of my life.”

Rogers died in 2003 but remains part of Clemmons’ life. “He is with me more than ever. Fred doesn’t speak, but he lets me know. It’s quite sacred.”

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