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Carol Burnett Sued By Dead Co-Producer

Carol Burnett Sued By Dead, Would-Be Co-Producer

Carol Burnett is being sued by a man who co-produced The Carol Burnett Show from 1967 to 1972. The only catch? The man behind the lawsuit, Bob Banner, is dead.

Banner passed away in 2011 from Parkinson’s disease, but that hasn’t stopped his production company from going ahead with the lawsuit against Burnett.

According to the suit, which was filed Wednesday in LA County Superior Court, Banner was cut out of a 2012 deal between Burnett and Time Life for home video distribution.

Banner’s company is asking for a full breakdown of the profits earned from The Carol Burnett Show, including any money made from the home video deal. It’s also demanding its fair share of the revenue.

When TMZ approached representatives for Burnett, there was no comment offered.

The Carol Burnett Show was a variety and sketch comedy show starring Burnett, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, and Tim Conway. It originally ran on CBS from September 11, 1967 to March 29, 1978, a run that saw 278 episodes produced.

The series was a favorite of viewers and critics. It clinched 25 primetime Emmy Awards, and in 2007 was listed as one of Time magazine’s “100 Best TV Shows of All Time.”

Burnett, now 79, is no stranger to courts and lawsuits herself. In 2007, Carol Burnett sued 20th Century Fox for copyright infringement, trademark violation, invasion of privacy, and misappropriation of name and likeness over the use of an altered version of her signature closing song and the portrayal of her cleaning lady “charwoman” character in an episode of Family Guy.

Were you a fan of The Carol Burnett Show? Were you surprised to hear of Carol Burnett being sued?

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15 Responses to “Carol Burnett Sued By Dead Co-Producer”

  1. Kimberly Blundell Garcia

    whoever is liking the suing of carol burnett should be harmed.

  2. Eric Bowman

    this is crazy. carol burnett is one of america's treasures.
    someone needs to start a facebook campaign to get her to SNL like Betty White.
    She would be hilarious.

  3. Margerey Sarabia Miller

    I'll return my tapes because I've laughed myself out. I have laughed so much I cannot laugh any more. Amazing that some idiot is suing her but that's the way to go, now-a-days, sue someone for something all the time. Best show ever ever ever!

  4. Kevin Butler

    Ms.Burnett was also involved in a law suit against The National Enquirer over a false story..this lying newspaper claimed that she sexually assaulted former US Sec.of State:Dr.Henry Kissinger in a Washington, D.C. bar..Ms.Burnett did this while she was drunk..Ms.Burnett proved that this story was false an d she won her suit against the paper..I also met Dr.Kissinger in NYC years ago and he told me that this situation between him and Ms.Burnett never occured.

  5. Angelo Darden

    Well, think about it; this is a very popular show that is making a great deal of money from syndication. If you were part of that, wouldn't you want a piece of that? Now having said that, the plaintiffs (Bob Banner Associates) have an uphill battle; They have to establish that a) there was a contractual agreement past 1969, when Wacko Productions (a.k.a. Carol Burnett) applied for sole syndication rights b) they have to defeat a possible "statute of limitations" on the claim; it's been over 40 years and the actual person "harmed" by the breach of contract alleged is dead. c) Should a contractual agreement be established, how much of the show did Bob Banner Associates "own"? Just the period from 1967-1969 or from 1967 until the end of the show. d.) How much compensation are they entitled to? This should be an interesting case and should serve as a cautionary tale regarding contracts and intellectual property; get everything in writing and secure all your rights and property early in the agreement. I gotta hand it to the redhead, she was very smart and locked up her show rights early in the game and anticipated syndication. She probably got that tip from her good friend Lucille Ball who was also nobody's dummy.

  6. Michael Podwal

    mmmmmmmmm? and what about the PERFORMER'S residuals? back then there weren't DVD's…hope AFTRA has looked into this too! seem to remember when Carol and Friends , a 1/2 hour cut down version of these shows….her Company felt by cutting out all the musical numbers they wouldn't have to PAY the entire cast of those shows any residuals.
    Pretty sure they came to a $$Settlement$$!

  7. Mike Kerrigan

    Your "facts" are about as accurate as the Enquirer story. I was in court during the trial reporting that case. There was no suggestion of sexual assault. She did talk to Kissinger. The Enquirer lost because they suggested Ms. Burnett's cheerful demeanor was because she'd had a drink. As the children of alcoholic parents she didn't drink.

  8. Stephen Carter

    was the deal made between carol and his company or was it carol and him—a deal between 2 parties should end at death of 1 of those involved -but greed by 1's company or family far exceeds right or wrong –everyone looks at a unresolved problem differently –this is jst my view –to each there own —maybe if he wins he can buy a bigger penthouse in heaven or get air conditioning in hell.

  9. Patti Nearing

    Loved her shows! Not surprised, however, to hear she is being sued! EVERYONE wants what they think is theirs and if they are right then pay them!