Norman Lear Remembered

Hollywood writers, actors and producers were quick to pay tribute to Norman Lear today as news of his death spread through the artistic community.

“He was the kindest and gentlest man,” Jennifer Aniston wrote in a lengthy Instagram post. “When you were in his presence, you were the only one in the room. He made everyone feel this.”

“Goodnight Norman,” tweeted Jon Stewart. “Love you. Thanks for raising me.”

In a statement provided to Deadline, George Clooney wrote, “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.”

Steven Canals, the co-creator of Pose – the type of groundbreaking series that can trace its lineage directly to Lear’s trendsetting ’70s shows – wrote, “I never introduced myself to Norman Lear, but was in the same room as him twice. Both times he spoke, and his words were profound. He talked about: creating art that challenges & taking risks. Thank you, sir, for creating indelible stories that inspired me as a boy & as an adult. We all benefit from your legacy.”

Al Jean, The Simpsons producer and writer, posted a message on social media accompanied by a drawing of Lear as seen on the longrunning animated series, writing, “Comedy colossus, tireless fighter for the little guy and a pleasure to know. Will be well and truly missed.”

John Leguizamo called Lear a “master of story telling 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.”

Abbott Elementary creator Quinta Brunson wrote, “My Goat. What a life. Rest well, Norman Lear.”

Gloria Calderón Kellett, the co-creator with Lear of the One Day at a Time, wrote, “Thank you for everything. I know you’re making them laugh up there.”

(Excerpt) Read more in: Deadline

Norman Lear Remembered

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