Charles Levin who played Coco, the gay live-in cook, was to be a regular. Susan Harris wrote the character out not because he was gay--her shows Soap (1977) and _"Hail to the Chief" (1985)_ also had openly gay characters--but because she considered it sexist for a man to be taking care of the women, regardless of his sexual orientation. Nevertheless, he was the first openly gay character in any media produced by a division of The Walt Disney Company.
Rue McClanahan doesn't have a Southern accent in this episode, because prior to filming, director Jay Sandrich told her he didn't want to hear it. After the show was picked up from the pilot episode, McClanahan went to the producers and offered to play Blanche as a modified Mae West-style character. The producers asked her why she wasn't doing it with a Southern accent. At that point, the character of Blanche Devereaux was fully realized, complete with Southern accent.