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Happy Days Cast Suing CBS

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Today is not such a happy one for CBS.

Four members from the original cast of Happy Days are suing CBS for fraud and breach of contract, claiming they have not been paid for merchandise spawned from the show from the past decade.

As Happy Days continues to be one of the most beloved series in the history of TV, merchandise is still popping up with the faces of The Fonz, The Cunnighams and the rest of the gang brandished on it. Recently, the show was integrated into the Vegas casinos as Happy Days slot machines were installed - and that was the final straw.

Check out the video (above) to hear Marion Ross, Erin Moran, Anson Williams and Don Most explain to CNN their reasons behind their lawsuit and why they are forging ahead with it in the memory of the late Tom Bosley, who played Howard Cunningham.

They've got a case, for sure. They deserve what is rightfully theirs.

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16 comments to “Happy Days Cast Suing CBS”



  1. 1

    Let's SUE!!!!! I guess that's what you have to do when you no longer have a career or income.



  2. 2

    Sue them bastards! They're only asking for what is rightfully theirs. The studio knew exactly what they were doing. They were just betting on the actors not noticing it.



  3. 3

    Henry Winkler and Ron Howard should be right there with them, supporting their cause, even if they had contracts that covered themselves, or if they don't really need the residuals. But then, Americans are basically a selfish people. Fraud and greed seems to be the ambition of the culture. I am very happy that I am not American.



  4. 4

    thobora ~ suing is Not what you do when you no longer have a career or income. suing is what you do when someone tries to steal your goods. And how do you know that none of them has an income? When you don't know what you're talking about, you should shut up.



  5. 5

    If CBS is profitting of off of their image, they should be paid, and the actors have a right to sue. CBS currently controls marketing for the Star Trek TV shows. Do you think the Star Trek actors don't get paid when CBS pimps out their images? Not a chance! This is no different.



  6. 6

    Potsi Webba!!!! Donnie Most is my inspiration.



  7. 7

    It's funny. The show was produced by Paramount Studios and aired on the ABC Television Network. After corporate mergers and such it is now CBS that owns the show. Hollywood sure is a small town…



  8. 8

    They're all broke, for sure - but I'd want my paycheck too. SUE Them for millions!



  9. 9

    Joanie looks rough, like she was peeled off the floor of a busted up meth lab in diamond bar.



  10. 10

    Times must be really hard for them to associate with that bottom-feeder Erin Moran.



  11. 11

    All to them.



  12. 12

    I think Most, Ross & Williams are doing pretty good, financial wise. Erin Moran lost her house a few months ago so she probably really needs the money. However I know that back in the day there were "Happy Days" glasses, board games, lunch boxes, etc; they must've been paid for that merch. a long time ago. I think they truly deserve the $$$ but not millions as they claim.



  13. 13

    I hope they get what they deserve. Many great actors who were on these older sitcoms got shafted .Henry Winkler should be there to support, he's probably scared of the backlash . But he should be there all the same. Without Happy Day's he would not have a career lets face it. Both he and Ron Howard are still working and can afford to help in this situation .



  14. 14

    Wasn't HAPPY DAYS on ABC (not CBS)?



  15. 15

    @zonkatip- Another news article mentions that Winkler apparently received the money because his contract was different, I'm guessing Howard's contract was also different, since they were the 2 main stars.

    @Bushwack Happy Days was produced by Paramount now owned by CBS. ABC doesn't own the rights to the show.



  16. 16

    Why are they suing CBS when the show was on ABC?