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Bob Hope Dead at 100

Aired July 28, 2003 - 10:03   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: We're going to keep our coverage in Pennsylvania now. On the phone with us is Gene Perret (ph), a comedy writer who wrote for Bob Hope for 40 years.
Gene Thanks for joining me.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thank you for having me.

KAGAN: What can you tell us about Bob Hope's sense of humor. What was it like to write jokes for this funny, funny man?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He was able to take the smallest thing and just turn it around and make it the funniest. He was able to pick out the best thing that we would write for him and be able to just make it completely go great on screen. He was the most incredible entertainer of all time and we've all lost a great man, as President Bush said.

KAGAN: Just on his sense of humor for a moment, can you give us a sense of what it was like how he would think something or how he would see that something was funny, or perhaps wasn't funny?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, see, Bob would always tell us if he thought something wasn't funny. Generally he would improvise whatever we wrote for him and make it funny. So in other words, if we wrote something that wasn't funny, he would turn it around and make it funny.

KAGAN: So he was a pretty great guy to work for then if you're a comedy writer, makes you look good.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He was the best, the best boss one could ever have. (TEXT DELETED).

KAGAN: OK. We're going to have to take him off the air. Amazing that even at times like this, when the country is trying to mourn a great entertainer, that people try to pick an inappropriate time to try to be funny. So we'll just move on with that. We have plenty of legitimate coverage for you right now.

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