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Posted ByGerry O. on February 16, 2004 at 10:25:07:

In Reply to: LL's Theory posted byGerry O. on February 16, 2004 at 08:00:10:

If Jack DID have bad feelings about Kenny leaving, some of those feelings were probably directed towards the radio show that Kenny was leaving Jack FOR....

Before Fred Allen took over as star of the "Texaco Star Theatre", the hour-long show was divided into two separate half-hours. The first half-hour was a comedy/variety/music show originating from Hollywood (that's the part of the hour that Kenny appeared in), and the second half-hour was a dramatic play starring a famous guest actor or actress, and that part originated from New York City.

Unfortunately, while the Hollywood half-hour was pleasant in the "music" department (with songs by Kenny and Jane Froman, and later by Kenny and Frances Langford), the COMEDY routines and skits were rather lame, forced and poorly written.

To be fair to Kenny, the Texaco show probably looked attractive to him because that show allowed him to sing various types of music...everything from Gilbert & Sullivan to Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess", while on Jack's show he was restricted to singing the popular "Hit Parade" songs of the day.

However, Jack may have been looking at the "comedy" side of the Texaco show and thinking, "You're leaving MY show for THAT?".

If Kenny had left Jack's show in order to appear in films, a Broadway musical or even his OWN radio program, the news of his departure may have been a little easier for Jack to take....but to leave the Benny program in order to appear on Texaco's rather lackluster program must have been a bitter (and confusing) pill for Jack to swallow.

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