The former cast of 1970s sitcom Happy Days aren’t very happy right now, having filed a $10m lawsuit against CBS Studios and Paramount Pictures.
The suit by Anson Williams, Marion Ross, Don Most, Erin Moran and the estate of the late Tom Bosley claims they have not been paid for their share for video releases and licensed merchandise that used their images and voices.
Ron Howard and Henry Winkler are not part of the suit (and like this photo, everybody forgot about Scott Baio aka Chachi?).
“Happy Days epitomises what is best in America,” says the lawsuit, while CBS and Paramount “epitomise what is worst in corporate America, exemplifying the worst business practices.”
The show ran from 1974 until 1984, originally produced by Paramount, but after a corporate split in 2005 it became part of CBS Studios.
In 2002, Moran (Joani Cunningham) contacted the studio after seeing their images on slot machines at a casino, but was told no money was owed. Happy Days t-shirts, DVDs and memorabilia have also been sold across the years.
In a statement, a spokesperson for CBS Consumer Products said: “We agree that funds are owed to the actors and have been working with them for quite some time to resolve the issue.”
Reminds me of that line in The Simpsons:
Homer: I remember the good old days with Potsy and The Fonz.
Marge: That wasn’t you. That was Happy Days!
Homer: No, they weren’t all happy days….
Source: Hollywood Reporter