Carol Burnett Discusses Making It in a "Man's Game" | Playbill

News Carol Burnett Discusses Making It in a "Man's Game" Stage and screen legend Carol Burnett appeared on the Today Show to talk about the release of "The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes," a new DVD that features never-before-syndicated footage of her Emmy-winning variety show. The comedienne also opened about her early years in the business and having to face the challenges of a male-dominated television industry.

Carol Burnett

Burnett said that CBS had not originally wanted her to do a variety show, instead pitching a sitcom called "Here's Agnes."

"They didn't think that a woman could headline such a big show — was that the issue they had, Carol?" asked host Hoda Kotb.

"Yes," agreed Burnett.

"And nothing's changed!" quipped the host.

"'It's a man's game, comedy variety,'" Burnett said producers had told her. "Dean Martin, Milton Berle and Jackie Gleason."

"But you showed them," said co-host Kathie Lee Gifford. "And plowed that field for everybody else coming afterwards...such a role model for me growing up."

Watch the full interview below: 

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