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'Happy Days' Cast Members Talk Lawsuit Against CBS (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 22nd 2011 12:00PM
'Happy Days' Cast Members Talk Lawsuit Against CBSOn 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC), 'Happy Days' cast members Marion Ross, Don Most and Anson Williams discussed a lawsuit they've filed against CBS, alleging that the network failed to pay them a percentage of merchandising revenue over the years.

"For thirty-seven years, not a statement, not a dime," complained Williams.

When asked if the cast members were concerned about the lawsuit making them seem petty, they emphatically said no. "They're making money. They're collecting money and ... we're being cut out," Most said. "What's petty about that?"

"We work hard. We deserve what's in the contract. There's nothing petty about that," added Williams.

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umpire255

they sure didn't seem to HAPPY to me. at least marion ross had a career.

April 24 2011 at 9:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MEQUA'S TRAY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRVSesYTIa0

April 24 2011 at 2:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mcwhomper

i would like to sue cbs too for showing nothing but repeats the whole week before easter and since they are probably all jews its not a religous thing

April 23 2011 at 3:18 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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vanessita

the week before easter was passover for the "jews"....a holiday which celebrates much more than chocolate bunnies.

April 24 2011 at 10:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dcnashinsc

Good example to show why unions are needed. You cannot depend on management to treat people properly. There is strength in numbers.

April 23 2011 at 1:38 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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dcnashinsc

That is why they had the writers and actors strikes in the 90s. But that was after the time Happy Days was on TV.

April 23 2011 at 1:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dhhurst

I'm curious how much may really be owed in terms of licensing. It was a popular show, and as a kid I remember many of the Happy Days related toys. I read several years back that the cast of the Brady Bunch had renegotiated their licensing agreements for all of their products and the family of Robert Reed opted out because they said it simply wasn't worth it -- I believe the article noted the agreement would result in less than $10k. That's why when you see a new Brady Bunch poster/magnet/toy now you don't see the Dad -- his family didn't want him included anymore.

April 23 2011 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mikeymike1486

they must be brok or they wouldn't wait that long. they're washed up anyway.. bunch of old farts!

April 23 2011 at 11:49 AM Report abuse -10 rate up rate down Reply
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hq129x

Gee did you run out of PROZAC? With talk like that you for sure have a very dim future. They waited that long to get running account of what was sold and what their CONTRACT intitles them to.

April 24 2011 at 8:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mr. Benedict

Why are they suing CBS? The show was on ABC.

April 23 2011 at 11:21 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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WboG510

CBS video is the distributor of the DVD/Videos of the show.

April 23 2011 at 11:48 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
dhhurst

Happy Days was, at the time, produced by Paramount Studios. Paramount has since been purchased by CBS..so CBS now has liability for the show. ABC as a network would have simply bought rights to air the show from Paramount back when it was in production.

April 23 2011 at 1:00 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
bronxputo

Wow Mrs. C looks great. She must be like 75 and looks lovely. Good for her.

April 23 2011 at 11:15 AM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
Angela

If it's in the contract, it should have been paid. But why aren't they holding themselves or their money managers responsible for making sure they were getting paid what they were supposed to? This doesn't mean CBS is not accountable for paying these folks what they are legally owed, but damn. Nobody in their camps knew they weren't getting their money? For THIRTY-SEVEN YEARS? Something just doesn't make sense here. Boy, would I love to get a glimpse of those contracts to see what was there and what wasn't.

April 23 2011 at 10:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
woodrowmagnus

DAN RATHER WAS RIGHT, THEY ARE JUST A BUNCH OF BUZZARDS CIRCLEING THE CARCASS!

April 23 2011 at 9:35 AM Report abuse -15 rate up rate down Reply
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hq129x

No buzzard would want you carcass.

April 24 2011 at 8:28 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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