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Check Out What Norman Lear Had to Say in His 98th Birthday Post on Instagram

Olowokandi Fiyin
Jul 30, 2020
10:35 A.M.

Norman Lear had to get some things off his chest as regards turning 98, and he did it in a video he shared on Instagram.

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Amidst the celebrations of his 98th birthday, Norman Lear was able to have a moment that allowed him to reflect on his life and the time he has left on earth.

Norman Lear at the 2019 British Academy Britannia Awards presented by American Airlines and Jaguar Land Rover at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 25, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

Norman Lear at the 2019 British Academy Britannia Awards presented by American Airlines and Jaguar Land Rover at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 25, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

People reported that the legendary TV producer and writer took to Instagram to post a video that showed him sharing some nuggets with his followers. While using the caption to explain that he shared the clip a day late to avoid messing with the Emmy announcement, Norman said in the clip:

“I can't help, however, realizing I'm closer to that time when goodbyes are in order, I realize I'm not concerned about the going, I just don't like leaving.”

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Over the years, Norman’s projects have become noted for their cutting-edge appeal as the writer has shed light on several controversial issues.

The writer added that “yesterday so solidified” his thoughts because he spent the day surrounded by his six children and four grandchildren. Norman closed his thought-provoking speech by saying that, “Leaving is hard.

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The thought of leaving is hard. But the adventure of going remains to be seen. I'll get back to you.” Best known for creating topnotch comedy shows, such as “The Jeffersons,” “Good Times,” and “All in the Family,” Norman has won five Primetime Emmy Awards out of the fifteen he has gotten nominated for.

Over the years, Norman’s projects have become noted for their cutting-edge appeal as the writer has shed light on several controversial issues.

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According to CNN, some of those topics include bigotry, premarital sex, misogyny, abortion, and homosexuality. The “Come Blow Your Horn” writer became such a big hit on TV that he had nine shows running at the same time.

Even when “All in the Family” began airing in 1971, it didn’t take long for it to become a fan favorite— a spot that it has remained to this day.

Norman Lear at the "Norman Lear: Just Another Version Of You" Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 21, 2016 | Photo: Getty Images

Norman Lear at the "Norman Lear: Just Another Version Of You" Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 21, 2016 | Photo: Getty Images

The show, which the 98-year-old creates alongside Johnny Speight, won 22 Emmy Awards out of the 57 nominations it earned. Norman also earned some acclaim for producing the ’70s show, “One Day At A Time.”

Earlier this month, Deadline revealed that Norman was set to reunite with the surviving cast of the show — Michael Lembeck, Valerie Bertinelli, Mackenzie Phillips, and Glenn Scarpelli — so they can assist The Actors Fund [an initiative to provide aid for entertainment workers during the COVID-19 pandemic].

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