Why Was ‘Bewitched’ Really Canceled?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Elizabeth Montgomery and Dick York

Hit 1960s comedy Bewitched wasn’t canceled as a result of the sequence misplaced viewers. Instead, it had the whole lot to do with the present’s star, Elizabeth Montgomery who performed the nose-twitching witch Samantha Stephens.

Elizabeth Montgomery and Dick York
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“It wasn’t canceled because of low ratings,” Herbie J. Pilato, creator of “Twitch Upon A Star,” instructed Fox News. “Bewitched was really renewed for Seasons 9 and 10, however [she] wished out. It was at this similar time that Montgomery’s marriage to Asher started to unravel. The sitcom got here to an finish in 1972 and the couple divorced a yr after.”

Montgomery was married to the sequence producer, Bill Asher. Asher was chargeable for producing President John F. Kennedy’s notorious celebration when Marilyn Monroe sang “Happy Birthday, Mr. President.” The couple was additionally pals with Kennedy.

Elizabeth Montgomery was able to retire earlier than ‘Bewitched’ began taking pictures

Pilato recalled that Montgomery was able to stop appearing earlier than Bewitched began filming. “She had wished to stop appearing earlier than she even started filming Bewitched however her husband Bill Asher instructed her, ‘Don’t stop – you will have an excessive amount of expertise,’” Daily Mail recounts.

“She always had a love-hate relationship with acting,” he continued. “That allowed her to choose and select the roles she actually wished after Bewitched completed. She ended up changing into the queen of the TV films.”

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Pilato additionally stated that co-star Dick York, who performed Montgomery’s husband on the sequence was in love along with her. “Elizabeth Montgomery didn’t get along with Dick York, who played her husband Darrin Stephens,” he shared. “He was in love with her but she was married to the show’s producer and it became very uncomfortable for her. He was addicted to painkillers and kept missing episodes until finally, they had to replace him with Dick Sargent.”

She returned to ‘Bewitched’ as a result of ABC made her a proposal she couldn’t refuse

Pilato shared that cash was the principle purpose why Montgomery returned for the previous couple of seasons.

“Elizabeth bored with Bewitched and tried to stop after the fifth season however ABC supplied her a lot cash she couldn’t refuse,” he recalled. “But you can see by the final season that she’s plodding through each episode bra-less – as a nod to women’s liberation – and didn’t want to be there.”

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“When her contract was up ABC offered her another fortune to stay but she turned it down,” he added. “After eight seasons she’d had sufficient. She wished to get away from Samantha Stephens so far as she may. She sought out difficult roles, taking part in a sexual assault sufferer in A Case Of Rape and an ax killer in The Legend Of Lizzie Borden.”

Even although she walked away, Montgomery owned 20% of the present and made a fortune on residuals. She died of most cancers in 1995 at age 62.

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