Tom Kennedy Says
YOU DON'T SAY!
------------I really don't want to use his name. He was one our best screen actors. Played many roles and always gave an outstanding performance. Anyway, he shows up to tape the show...If you remember the object of the game was to give a sentence, leaving off the last word. That word should sound like part of the name being played. This particular subject name was John Wayne. Our celebrity player proceeded to whistle the theme from 'The High and The Mighty.' I of course tried not to embarrass him but I had to stop the game and stop the tape from rolling. I told him he wasn't allowed to give clues like that. He looked at me, with a very serious expression on his face, and said, 'But he was in that movie.' I again explained the concept of the game to him and we then again started the taping. It wasn't thirty seconds into the taping and he again blurted out an answer that was completely against the rules. I again stopped the tape. I felt so sorry for him. Here he was this giant of an actor but he simply didn't understand the game. He finally just looked off stage at our producer and said he just didn't get it and he felt it would be better to just call it a night. We of course agreed and he left and we simply replaced him with another celebrity. But that was funny-this great actor whistling the theme from 'The High and The Mighty' and then saying, 'But he was in that movie.'"
IT'S YOUR BET
"It's Your Bet was a fun show to do; once again I was working with celebrities. This show had four different emcees over the years, I hosted the 1970 version."
"What comes to mind when I recall It's Your Bet is the time Burt Reynolds was a guest and the producer of the show played a joke on me, and including Burt in on the joke without me knowing about it. The whole formula of the show was to ask the celebrities personal questions and either their wives or girlfriends had to guess if they were going to give the correct answers. So I said, 'Burt, is it true that you were born on a reservation?' He looked at me and said 'Are you trying to make fun of me, Kennedy?' I said, 'No Burt, not at all.' At this point I was starting to get real nervous. He stood up and shouted, 'So what if I am, Kennedy?' He then came around the set with his fists clenched and came toward my emcee podium. I couldn't leave because I had a microphone on that was wired to a floor connector. When he ran up to me I really started to sweat and at that second he said, 'It's only a joke Tom, it was set up by the producer.' That was music to my ears and after that we all laughed for a solid five minutes. As a matter of fact I have that clip in my personal collection."
TO SAY THE LEAST
"Hell of a show... the thought was very clever... Jay Wolpert was very bright. The only problem was that the show was too fast... there was a lot of humor that was missed."
"It lasted a year, it was a huge hit. Then they found out it was still on the air so they cancelled it."
"Goodson was in love with Showoffs, so he asked his staff to rework the idea."
"I got to work with Lucille Ball... it made you want to pinch yourself and ask, `How did I get here?' I loved Betty White... my wife's name is Betty, and I always say that I'm married to two Bettys. My Betty is #1, and Betty White is #2. Charles Nelson Reilly was a delight. The show was enjoyable, but it didn't flow very naturally... it was a second rate show, but it was made first rate thanks to the celebrities we had."
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