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Norman [Lear] considered my work too controversial. I pitched, "Good Times," in 1971, it didn't go on the air until 1974. In those three years we had about 20 meetings. The one note I got in every meeting was, "Get rid of the father," a strong black man in a sit com won't work. In 1974 I got the contract to write, "Cooley High." When AIP sent the cast to Chicago to shoot the movie, I quit ...
Norman Lear told Eric Monte about a show called "Steptoe and Son" (Sanford and Son) an all white show, to be created shortly after All In The Family took off into stardom. Eric Monte told Norman Lear the show should star Redd Foxx, at the time, Norman Lear had no idea who Redd Foxx was and was insistent upon creating the show with an all white cast- months later, subsequently, Redd Foxx was cast ...