Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

The End of an Era Legendary Commedian Cuts Ties with NBC

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

The End of an Era Legendary Commedian Cuts Ties with NBC

Article excerpt

LAST summer Bob Hope came back to his Cleveland hometown to help celebrate the bicentennial - of the city, not Hope, who is only 93.

One stop was the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. While you can imagine Hope doing a monologue about rock greats ("Hey, what a-BOUT this Michael Jackson, huh?"), the museum left him "very enthused," daughter Linda Hope said.

Hope has long wanted to establish a museum of comedy, said Linda. "After seeing your Rock and Roll Hall of Fame . . . he was determined to get on the stick with his own museum." But where does someone find the energy for such an undertaking, especially someone who's been working since before World War I? Well, you have to cut back somewhere, and Hope has decided to cut back on TV. At 7 p.m. Saturday on Channel 5, the one-hour special "Bob Hope . . . Laughing With the Presidents" officially ends Hope's 58-year relationship with NBC, the last 46 on TV. Although there's been talk about NBC pushing Hope away, Linda - who is executive producer of the special and vice president of Hope Enterprises - said the decision was her father's. She admits Hope has slowed down. "His eyesight is not great, so it's hard for him to read (cue) cards," she said. That's noticeable in the special, where Hope looks far more comfortable just reminiscing about the presidents he's met than he does in prearranged patter with co-host Tony Danza. At the same time, she said, "It's very cute how he gets when he works. At 93, once he hears the music and sees the lights, he gets himself up for it. He loves it." Awhile back Hope went with his wife, Dolores, to a taping for a PBS special on bandleader Les Brown. The special focused on Brown's music, so Hope went along with Dolores, a former singer, mainly to see Brown. "He got in there and said, `I want to do something,"' Linda said. "My mother said, "You're a comedian.' And he said, `Well, hell, I can sing, too."' As for the NBC deal, Linda said, "NBC has been absolutely terrific. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.