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“I'll check immediately.” He called back in about ten
minutes and said, “You're righti They've decided that all
the game shows are going out.” This was February. “We'll
run through to Labor Day. They're going to throw out all
of the games. They've decided that they're not prime time
shows any more. They will have some on in the daytime.”
We probably could have done it as a daytime show, but John
and I at least couldn't fit that into our schedules. We
both have business of our own. So The Times had the story
of What's My Line's demise before Goodson, Toddman or any
of the people who had been on the show for seventeen years.
Who made the decision really?
I think it was Mike Dann, one of the big shots at
CBS, who decided, maybe rightly, that these shows had had
it. After seventeen years, it was time for a change.
But it was a fine way of telling us! They claimed
the news had leaked out. They had meant to make the
announcement. They were going to tell us in good time, you
know; but somebody at The Times found out about it first.
I thought it was interesting when you told me that
they gave you this plaque.
Oh, they gave us all great big beautiful silver
cigarette boxes and great bombastic speeches. We have no
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