Bette Midler Regrets Not Suing Lindsay Lohan For Leaving Her Show

Bette Midler Regrets Not Suing Lindsay Lohan For Leaving Her Show

Bette Midler is an American actress who has won various awards throughout her career. In a recent podcast with David Duchovny, she discussed one of the biggest failures of her career. Her show, Bette, ran for sixteen episodes and did not receive much acclaim.

Grammy-award-winning actress Bette Midler finally opened up about some of the biggest mishaps of her career. Her 2000 CBS sitcom, Bette, did not win the hearts of the audience as it was expected to. 

She discussed the show in the recent episode of David Duchovny’s Fail Better podcast. Midler termed it a big mistake and recalled the aftermath of Lindsay Lohan dropping out of the sitcom after its pilot episode. 

Midler said,

I did a television show, Bette. Does it get any more generic than that? A big, big, big mistake,

I think for several reasons. It was the wrong motivation. It was a part of the media I simply did not understand. I watched it. I appreciated it. I enjoyed it, But I didn’t know what it meant to make it.

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Notably, the show could only manage to run for one season on CBS. In the sixteen-episode show, Bette played a semi-satirized version of her life.

she added,

I had made theatrical, live events, I had made films, and I had made a variety of television shows, I had been on shows, but I had never done a situation comedy,

I didn’t realize what the pace was, and I didn’t understand what the hierarchy was. Nobody bothered to tell me.

She also discussed what happened after Lindsay Lohan quit the show. she said,

Lindsay Lohan was cast as my daughter in the pilot,

After the pilot, Lindsay Lohan decided she didn’t want to do it, she had other fish to fry. So Lindsay Lohan left the building, and what about, what do you do? The studio didn’t help me.

Meanwhile, Bette Midler also said that things would have been different if she had been aware of how things work. She added that what she knows now would have been beneficial at that time. 

If I had known that part of my duties were to stand up and say, ‘This absolutely will not do, I’m going to sue.’ But I seemed to have been cosseted in some way that I couldn’t get to the writers room. I couldn’t speak to the showrunner, and I couldn’t make myself clear.

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