Question: Know anything about Pete and Gladys? It starred Harry Morgan.
Answer: That I do — and since you don't know, Jack, I'm happy to fill you in. Mr. Morgan (M*A*S*H) first played the character, Pete Porter, on the CBS comedy December Bride, which ran from October 1954 to April 1961 and starred Spring Byington (Laramie) as a lovable mother-in-law living with her daughter (Frances Rafferty) and son-in-law (Dean Miller). Pete was the sarcastic neighbor who always came over to complain about his wife, Gladys, who was never actually seen. The griping worked — he proved such a hit with the audience that the network gave him his own show.
In September 1960, Pete and Gladys hit the airwaves with Cara Williams as the ditzy Gladys and, among others, Verna Felton as her friend Hilda and Gale Gordon (
Last week, in a ridiculously overhyped and anticlimactic moment, 31-year-old Verna Felton made Apprentice history as the first contestant ever to quit. The Seattle-based mom of two had almost given notice a week prior, claiming exhaustion during the motel-management task. However, it took another episode for Felton to finally tender her official resignation from Magna Corp. because she was "sick." That sounded [coughcough] suspicious, since she didn't look too sick to us. Here, TV Guide Online probes Ms. Felton for the truth about her murky exit.
TV Guide Online: Do you stand by your decision to leave The Apprentice?Verna Felton: Most definitely. I have no regrets whatsoever. It was time for me to go.
TVGO: Think it'll impact your ability to get future jobs?Verna: Oh, no. When people talk to me, they are like, "You are nothing like I expected y