05/06/2015 05:09 pm ET Updated May 06, 2015

Oscar The Grouch Reveals Why He Lives In A Trash Can: 'The Rents Are Cheap'

Oscar The Grouch lives on the ever-covetable Sesame Street, yet the perpetually grumpy muppet can't seem to escape his wastebasket lodging.

According to puppeteer Caroll Spinney, speaking as Oscar in a Wednesday conversation with HuffPost Live, that's exactly the way Oscar wants it.

"The rents are cheap, I love trash, so I figure I can get close to it with being in a trash can myself," he said. "What's wrong with that?"

While viewers have long identified Oscar as being a fuzzy mop of green, the new documentary, "I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story," depicts the "Sesame Street" puppet as being a different hue in the show's earlier years.

"The first year I show myself in my true colors, which is orange. Actually, I'm still orange," Oscar explained. "If I ever took a bath, you'd see that. This is mold and moss. [It] makes me happy."

Watch more from Oscar and Caroll Spinney's conversation with HuffPost Live here.

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