Bingo. He wanted a lot more money than PBS was willing to pay at the
time. The same thing happened with Siskel and Ebert, the movie
reviewers. I really can't blame any of them. People with talent and
ratings should be paid for it. The Bolsheviks at PBS were just too cheap.
It's good that you ask instead of just believing such stories.
That's what I heard at the time, and I have no trouble believing it.
It's a fully sufficient reason for them to part ways.
But it can work the other way too. One of the kids on Home
Improvement, or his parent or agent, thought he was worth more money
than they were offering, so he wouldn't sign for the next season.
Bingo, they hired some other kid to play his part. **Probably not
the agent, who usually know the market and believe in a bird in the
I think the Bewitched witch had two husbands by the same name, too,
swtiching from one season to the next, although I have no idea if that
was because he wanted to much money.
There are loads of shows I don't watch, and there may have been cast
changes in any of them because someone wanted too much money.
Remove NOPSAM to email me. Please let
me know if you have posted also.
Rumor has it that WTTW (producer of "Sneak Previews") was considering
taking the show off PBS and putting it in commercial syndication themselves
without necessarily compensating the talent accordingly. I don't know if
that story is true or not but they did leave, first for a Tribune Company
syndicated show called "At the Movies," and later for the current Disney
show which survives as Ebert & Roeper.
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