Sonny and Cher, together again
Dec. 16, 1976: Sonny and Cher clasp hands playfully in their first joint concert appearance in three years. Their performance was part of the annual KHJ Christmas benefit at the Forum in Inglewood.
“The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour” had premiered in 1971 and became a big hit. The show ended in 1974 when the couple separated, which was followed by a bitter divorce.
But “within a few years,” according to The Times’ Hollywood Star Walk database, “they were back on speaking terms and tried to regain their television mojo with a relaunched variety program called ‘The Sonny & Cher Show.’
“But the viewing public wasn’t interested in watching the former couple make up on national television, and the series was canceled after two seasons.”
Sonny and Cher remained good friends until Sonny died in a 1998 skiing accident.
September 3, 2010, 12:56 am
Cher knew when to stop with plastic surgery.
February 3, 2013, 11:03 am
That's not exactly true. After the divorce, both tried there luck with there own solo series. Sonny's show came first and it was canceled quickly. CHER was not able to do a new show right away as CHER was actually contractually obligated due to the way Sonny set up the business between the two of them. CHER met David Geffen who helped unravel the mess Sonny created making it impossible for CHER to work on her own. After that was worked out CBS was eager to sign CHER to do her own show. It began with much fan fare and the ratings were decent but not like" The Sonny & Cher comedy hour" that's for sure. The drain of doing a weekly series on her own wore thin as she had to be in all the skits, singing etc…. CHER agreed to go back to work with Sonny to do a new series while married and preggy with rock star Gregg Allman's baby. The media had a field day with this story. First the break up which was front page news and now the re-teaming. The tabloids had Sonny & Cher getting re-married but those stories were false. The new series premiered with huge numbers. We are talking ratings like "Who shot JR?" and the last episode of "MASH". The premiere episode had many guest stars and cameos appearances by a who's who in Hollywood at that time. Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Bob Hope to name a few…… I have never seen that first episode of the new series after the divorce anywhere on youtube. It was not included on the Sonny & Cher DVD set. I wish it was because it was classic. Not sure why?
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