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John Amos Reveals How His Departure From 'Good Times' Went Down
On February 8, 1974, CBS premiered Good Times – the weekly sitcom that served as the first-ever TV show to highlight the full scope of a Black family. During this historic point in American television, John Amos delivered a groundbreaking portrayal of James Evans, the revered patriarch of the iconic Evans clan. For many, Good Times was the first and only glimpse into the dynamic of the African-American household.
Much to the chagrin of the show’s supporters, James Evans was killed during the height of Good Times’ popularity. Many wondered why the show’s producers would make such a decision and, over the years, rumors surfaced that they and Amos could not reach an agreement in their contractual negotiations. In May of 2015, in his three-and-a-half-hour interview with theArchive of American Television, Amos shed light on exactly why he “left” Good Times.