I was fortunate to be involved in broadcasting in one form or another for nearly 40 years. The business can be very exciting and rewarding. It can also be mean and cruel.
This week ABC fired Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews as hosts of the very popular program “Dancing With The Stars.” Both took the news gracefully.
“It’s been an incredible 15 year run and the most unexpected gift of my career. I’m grateful for that and for the lifelong friendships made. That said, now what am I supposed to do with all of these glitter masks?” said Bergeron.
“Thank you ABC and the entire Dancing With the Stars family for 6 memorable seasons. Those years wouldn’t have been as special without my loving host Tom Bergeron, the talented dancers, and witty judges. I will always cherish my days on that set, even if I wasn’t the best at walking in heels,” said Andrews.
Producers should have dumped one of the judges, the arrogant fossil Len Goodman. Actually all three judges were suspect in their reviews and could have been shown the door.
Heading into its 28th season, the show has teamed up professional dancers with celebrities in a competition where TV viewers get to vote week to week determining which teams advance and which get sent home.
Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd won the title in 2012.
Often the program has top notch entertainers perform.
Late last year, a 73-year old Cher was a guest and executed one of those Nat King Cole-Natalie Cole duet productions with video of her late ex-husband Sonny Bono.
Sonny wrote this 1967 hit that peaked at #6.
On this day in 1968, Yellow Submarine, the animated film by the Beatles premiered in London. The film features the Fab Four as cartoon characters who agree to travel with Young Fred in his Yellow Submarine to free the people of ‘Pepperland’. Under attack from the music-hating Blue Meanies, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ sails to the rescue and restores the landscape of color, flowers and music.
The actual Beatles did the songs, but participated only in the closing scene of the film, directed by animation producer George Dunning. Their cartoon counterparts were voiced by actors.