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The Wiggles’ Jeff Fatt on where he’s been up to after leaving band

Whatever happened to Jeff from The Wiggles? Original band member reveals how his life has changed since leaving the group after heart surgery

As a founding member of The Wiggles, he is fondly remembered by children growing up in the ’90s and 2000s.

And after leaving the group in 2012 following a health scare, fans may be surprised to learn that Jeff Fatt still plays an active role behind the scenes. 

Speaking to ABC News earlier this year, the 65-year-old revealed that he remains a director on the board of Wiggles Pty Ltd, has regular meetings at Wiggle headquarters and even writes material for the band. 

What happened to Jeff Fatt from The Wiggles? The original band member has revealed how his life has changed since leaving the group in 2012. Pictured during one of his last performances with the group in Miami Beach, Florida on August 3, 2012

‘I don’t really stop being a Wiggle because people still recognise you and I don’t have a problem with that,’ Jeff said.

The musician still visits The Wiggles’ head office in Sydney’s Bella Vista on a regular basis to deal with business matters. 

‘I still feel very connected to the Wiggles,’ he added. ‘I’m always running into Anthony [Field] if he’s not on tour and the other new Wiggles in the studio.’  

Following his decision to quit the group in 2012, Jeff helped fellow founding member Anthony, 55, choose the ‘new Wiggles’ who would tour alongside him.

Behind-the-scenes role: Speaking to ABC News earlier this year, the 65-year-old revealed that he remains a director on the board of Wiggles Pty Ltd, has regular meetings at Wiggle headquarters and even writes material for the band

Behind-the-scenes role: Speaking to ABC News earlier this year, the 65-year-old revealed that he remains a director on the board of Wiggles Pty Ltd, has regular meetings at Wiggle headquarters and even writes material for the band

Emma Watkins, Lachlan Gillespie and Simon Pryce were soon revealed as the new members of the band.

It was during a business meeting in February 2012 that Jeff – along with two other original members, Greg Page and Murray Cook – made the decision to quit.

‘It was spurred on a bit by Jeff,’ Murray, 58, told The Australian in May 2012. ‘He was the one saying it was time to pull up stumps.’

Original line-up: It was during a business meeting in February 2012 that Jeff - along with two other original members, Greg Page (far left) and Murray Cook (far right) - made the decision to quit. They are pictured with Anthony Field (front), who remains in the touring band

Original line-up: It was during a business meeting in February 2012 that Jeff – along with two other original members, Greg Page (far left) and Murray Cook (far right) – made the decision to quit. They are pictured with Anthony Field (front), who remains in the touring band

‘We talked about it a little bit, just the two of us. I was thinking it would be a good time to do that, too,’ he added. 

Murray’s reason for quitting was that he found himself spending too much time away from his own children.

Greg, 46, was initially reluctant to step away but eventually decided it would be best for the three of them to leave together. 

Health scare: It was a health scare in July 2011 that inspired Jeff's decision to quit. He was rushed to hospital for emergency heart surgery after blacking out behind the wheel of his car 

Health scare: It was a health scare in July 2011 that inspired Jeff’s decision to quit. He was rushed to hospital for emergency heart surgery after blacking out behind the wheel of his car 

It was a health scare in July 2011 that inspired Jeff’s decision to quit. 

He was rushed to hospital for emergency heart surgery after blacking out behind the wheel of his car and crashing into a tree. 

Eventually, he was diagnosed with arrhythmia – an irregular heartbeat – and was fitted with a pacemaker after surgery. 

Following the procedure, doctors also discovered a blood clot in his neck.

Jeff told Perth Now in October 2011: ‘There have been a few complications with the recovery. I still have a blood clot in my neck and I’m on blood thinners but I’m feeling really good.’ 

Proud: Jeff, who told ABC News in September that he had 'little experience' dealing with children prior to forming The Wiggles, said he is still amazed by the group's continuing success

Proud: Jeff, who told ABC News in September that he had ‘little experience’ dealing with children prior to forming The Wiggles, said he is still amazed by the group’s continuing success

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