Late last week, investigative reporter Charlie Gasparino came out with a bombshell story: after reading former employee Greg Smith’s allegation that he’d seen and heard colleagues refer to clients as “muppets,” the British term for stupid people, the firm launched an investigation into the claim (e.g. searched emails for said word). On Friday, Gasparino breathlessly reported that while  Goldman did find some muppet mentions, they referred to the Jason Segal film and were not malicious in their intent (quoth CG: “GS found no evidence of malicious muppet talk in emails”).  While a lesser journalist would have been content to take the source at his or her word, Charles Gasparino is no such journalist. He get kept digging on this one and now, amazingly, has more to add:

“People close to Goldman tell FOX Business 98% of the email muppet use referred to the movie. Sources at Goldman also say the malicious muppet use in emails involves name calling among colleagues; apparently at Goldman they call each other muppet. Sources say the firm find no evidence so far to substantiate Smith’s claims that people were talking about clients.”

Stand for updates. This is far from over.

Gasparino on Muppet Movie Referrals in Goldman Emails [FBN]

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  1. Posted by PermaGuestII | April 11, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    HA hahahahahaa!

    -Count von Count

  2. Posted by bruschettaboy | April 11, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Did they also search for the word "fuppet"?

    If not, this inquest is a joke.

  3. Posted by Guest | April 11, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Why do I get the feeling that good ol' Greg Smith was called a muppet one more time than he was willing to stand for…

  4. Posted by The Truth | April 11, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    It's digging like this that will finally get Chaz the Pulitzer he deserves

  5. Posted by GuyWhosEasilyRiveted | April 11, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    I'm riveted.

  6. Posted by Guest | April 11, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    They don't call him "Scoop" for nothing

    – Guy who isn't remotely sure that Charlie has ever been referred to as "Scoop"

  7. Posted by Guest | April 11, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Oh he has, he has.

    -Charles Gaspemroid

  8. Posted by Muppet Philosopher | April 11, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Is it better to be a muppet of a man or a very manly muppet?

  9. Posted by Lexus at Treasures | April 11, 2012 at 3:34 PM's "Pulitzer Prize" not "…pull It surprise….."?

  10. Posted by NowOnePerson | April 11, 2012 at 3:41 PM

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  11. Posted by Chazbag | April 11, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Furthermore I’m hearing that after reviewing the emails 97.5% of Goldman employees who saw the movie, enjoyed it. This only bolsters the case for Goldman execs who say that their employees have no ill will toward their clients or the muppet community.Back to you in the studio.

  12. Posted by So Crates | April 11, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    All we are, is dust…… in the wind…… dude.

  13. Posted by PermaGuestII | April 11, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    I think Scoop would in fact be an appropriate nickname.

    -Evelyn Waugh

  14. Posted by VonSloneker | April 11, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Those Goldman Sachs bastards take everything pure and good and corrupt it…

    – The Ghost of Jim Henson

  15. Posted by Guest | April 11, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    I fell Geezer Oil Trader may be shocked by this also…

  16. Posted by Arcelor Genius | April 11, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    They are testing your mettle.

  17. Posted by J. Aron Music Quant | April 11, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    I thought all we are is just another BRIC in the wall.

  18. Posted by Nailz6 | April 11, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    I hope they give their clients great deals on hotel rooms

    – The Moopets

  19. Posted by Animal | April 11, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    I want to – eat Greg Smith! Ah-ha-ha-ha

  20. Posted by Guest | April 11, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Only CG and FOX news would post that anyone with an IQ over 90 actually liked (let alone talked about in public) a Jason Segal film.

  21. Posted by Guest | April 11, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    …but a search for Fraggle Rock would have resulted in some awkward moments

  22. Posted by Media Junkie | April 11, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    I have a feeling Charlie could kick most MD's asses.

  23. Posted by 4th Grader | April 11, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    You're feeling whose asses?

  24. Posted by Media Junkie | April 11, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Evercore, is that you?

  25. Posted by Guest | April 11, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Charlie Gasparino is a bottomless fanny pack of Truth.

    -Ghost of Mike Wallace

  26. Posted by BS MD | April 11, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    At a place ending in BS, it was quite common for the London office staff to refer to clients and colleagues as muppets..of course no one put that in an was all verbal!

  27. Posted by Big Mama | April 12, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    Ahhh, Charles Gossiparino. The man for whom the word loser was created. Isn't it interesting that a man who is infatuated with the Muppets would have married Miss Piggy. I mean really. Have you ever seen the bitch? OMG. Here's a guy who claims to work out like a construction worker and whose wife wears a sign that says "My ass is soooooo BIG, it takes two dimes and two pay toilets for me to take shit!" I guess that if I were banging Miss Piggy every night, I might have a Muppet infatuation as well.

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    Dude, it's all dark…

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    It woudl be nuppet or ,uppet, or <uppet (key strike operator error)

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