Here are the five stages of grief over Maria leaving ‘Sesame Street’

Sonia Manzano

Actress Sonia Manzano, right, performs at the Daytime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles in 2009.

(Chris Pizzello / AP)

Earlier this week, actress Sonia Manzano, who has played the beloved "Maria" on Sesame Street for 44 years, announced that she was leaving the show.

And once news began to circulate Thursday that the favorite co-owner of the show's Fix-It Shop was retiring, the Internet exploded with all the feels.


Some refused to believe it.

Some were experiencing denial of a completely different kind.


Then came the ALL-CAPS.


Others figured there must be some way around it.

Don't think so, Jared.


And then, there were those who just let all their emotions hang out.


In the end, plenty of fans gave Manzano a warm send-off, sharing treasured memories from their childhood.

And maybe one last plea to come back.

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