Posted ByNick RLP on February 08, 2003 at 23:45:14:
In Reply to: Re: Phil's departure from the show posted bykurt on June 08, 2002 at 19:38:44:
Yes, economics were a huge factor in Phil's leaving the show. But one can see from Phil's interviews even up to his death, he LOVED Jack Benny. He admired him and respected him and never forgot who made Phil Harris a household name.
You will also notice that networks budgets were shrinking when radio programs moved TV by the way they became star vehicles instead of cast-programs. ie-Burns & Allen didn't get visited by The Happy Postman every week, and ie, Jack Benny was the only true regular on his own show. Then, as it is now, television production costs many times more than radio.