‘A master of storytelling’ — Reaction to the death of pioneering TV figure Norman Lear

‘A master of storytelling’ — Reaction to the death of pioneering TV figure Norman Lear

(AP) A collection of reactions to the death of Norman Lear, the writer, director and producer who revolutionized prime time television, who died Tuesday night at 101.

“I loved Norman Lear with all my heart. He was my second father. Sending my love to Lyn and the whole Lear family.” — Rob Reiner, via X, formerly Twitter.

“More than anyone before him, Norman used situation comedy to shine a light on prejudice, intolerance, and inequality. He created families that mirrored ours.” — Jimmy Kimmel, in a statement.

“A master of storytelling and a healer through his shows! He is what all of showbiz should be aspiring to. He is the consummate creative producer we have long abandoned in the industry.” — John Leguizamo, via X.

“It’s hard to reconcile that at 101 years old, Norman Lear is gone too soon. The entire world of reason just lost its greatest advocate and our family lost a dear friend. A giant walked in his shoes.” — George Clooney, in a statement.

“My Goat. What a life. Rest well, Norman Lear.” — Quinta Brunson, via X.

“A hero and someone who inspired me to try and bring as much laughter to the world as he bought to the little boy that I was. You sir are truly one of one! I’m so glad we were on the planet at the same time. Thank you for your example.” — Tyler Perry, in a statement.

“Anyone who ever had a chance to say something pointed or political in an American television entertainment owes Norman Lear their adoration and awe. He saw what was possible in that vacuous glowing box and, almost singularly, he made it so.” — David Simon, via X.

Quotes from Norman Lear

“I am convinced that laughter adds time to one’s life.” — spoken during an acceptance speech at the 2021 Golden Globes
“The problems are still there to be talked about.” — on the role of entertainment in exploring race and identity decades after his sitcoms like “All in the Family”
“Today is a very sad day. Norman Lear, a man who meant a lot to many on a personal level and who changed the face and soul of American comedy, has passed. My heart is heavy. I loved Norman.” — Jane Fonda, in a statement.

“Norman Lear revolutionized the television landscape, pushed societal boundaries and transformed our culture with groundbreaking comedies that addressed serious issues and offered sharp social commentary while being remarkably funny — appealing to broad audiences for over five decades.” – National Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson, in a statement.

“I had the pleasure of spending time with this giant at his home in the Palisades several times. The words “legend” and “icon” get thrown around too much, but this guy was both.” — Kathy Griffin, on X.

“Truly a legend and a hero, he gave the world infinite laughter, the best sort of controversy and entertainment.” — Paul Rudnick, via X.

FILE – Norman Lear, executive producer of the Pop TV series “One Day at a Time,” poses for a portrait during the Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour on Jan. 13, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. Lear, the writer, director and producer who revolutionized prime time television with such topical hits as “All in the Family” and “Maude” and propelled political and social turmoil into the once-insulated world of sitcoms, has died, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023.. He was 101. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)