Carol Burnett Broke Down Comedy Barriers for Women That TV Is Determined to Rebuild

Carol Burnett Broke Down Comedy Barriers for Women That TV Is Determined to Rebuild
While accepting her Paley Honors Award in recognition of her groundbreaking achievements in television comedy, Carol Burnett took time to look back and share an anecdote with the audience about how she made it to this point in her storied career.

“It was television that gave me my opportunities, but as a woman in this business, it wasn’t always easy to do what the naysayers said couldn’t be done,” Burnett said. “When I exercised a clause in a contract that I had with CBS way back in 1967 that would allow me to do an hour comedy variety show, I was told by the network executives that comedy variety was a man’s game: Sid Caesar, Jackie Gleason, Milton Berle, Dean Martin. They said, and I quote, ‘It’s not for you gals.'”

Thanks to her contract, CBS had no choice but to put Burnett’s show on
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