Eddie Albert Had The Best Response To People Who ”Turned Their Noses Up” At The Beverly Hillbillies
Eddie Albert was an American actor and activist who had a remarkable career that spanned over five decades. He was a versatile actor who appeared in over 100 films and was a regular on several popular TV shows, including Green Acres. By the end of the decade, a wave of changes swept through the television industry, resulting in the cancellation of many of these beloved shows. But two shows managed to survive this first wave of cancellations: Green Acres and The Beverly Hillbillies.
The Beverly Hillbillies was a popular sitcom that aired from 1962 to 1971. The show was incredibly popular and had millions of viewers, but it was also criticized by some for perpetuating negative stereotypes.
Despite the criticism, Eddie Albert, who played Oliver Wendell Douglas on Green Acres, had a fantastic response when people turned their noses up at The Beverly Hillbillies. He was known for his honesty and candidness. When asked about the changes that were happening in the television industry, he did not hold back his thoughts. Albert did not believe that ratings had anything to do with CBS’ decision to cancel rural comedies like Red Skelton and Petticoat Junction. “The boys on Madison Ave. always turned their noses up at Beverly Hillbillies as though it was Dogpatch illiterates. But let me tell you something, that show is one of the best-written series on television. So is my show,” he said.
When someone asked Albert if he was embarrassed to be on a show like Green Acres, he replied, “No, not at all. If you can make a hit out of a show about a bunch of hillbillies who strike oil and move to Beverly Hills, then you’ve accomplished something.”