After decades of speculation, we finally have an answer to the question: Are Bert and Ernie a couple?

Mark Saltzman joined Sesame Street as a writer in 1984 and was a driving force behind the pair's chemistry. Here's how he put it when asked by Queerty:

I remember one time that a column from The San Francisco Chronicle, a preschooler in the city turned to mom and asked “are Bert & Ernie lovers?” And that, coming from a preschooler was fun. And that got passed around, and everyone had their chuckle and went back to it. And I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert & Ernie, they were. I didn’t have any other way to contextualize them. The other thing was, more than one person referred to Arnie & I as “Bert & Ernie.”