Ageism in Hollywood

Norman Lear, producer of ground-breaking shows such as All in the Family, Maude, and The Jeffersons says he’s facing agism among those who fund TV shows. The 91 year old, who loves to take on controversial issues, says that no one is interested in hearing about his idea of a comedy in a retirement village.

“They don’t want to touch the demographic,” he said. Apparently, he said, there’s only room for one old person (that would be another comedy veteran, Betty White, who actually is a few months older than Lear) on network television today. The name of the show Lear has been pitching is Guess Who’s Dead?, a title that got a huge laugh from the audience.”