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Old 09-05-2008, 09:44 PM   #1
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Default Why Was Coco The Gay Housekeeper Dropped?

In case anyone doesn't know, Coco (played by Charles Levin) was a gay housekeeper in the girls' house. He was only seen in the pilot and then he was gone and never mentioned again.

Why was he dropped? Is there any story/more info. behind this that you know about? Thanks.
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guess with 4 girls living together he was not needed anymore and was dropped im glad he was gone to doubt fans noticed anyway
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I've always heard that the writers realized most of the girls' heart to heart conversations would happen in the kitchen, and having a guy there (gay or otherwise, lol) would get in the way. Plus with Sophia there, they didn't need a cook.
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I've always heard that the writers realized most of the girls' heart to heart conversations would happen in the kitchen, and having a guy there (gay or otherwise, lol) would get in the way. Plus with Sophia there, they didn't need a cook.

Exactly. What I've always heard, to build on the above, is that they didn't realize just what gold they had in Estelle Getty. Once they realized that she was going to be such a strong character they didn't really need Coco anymore.
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Was he even mentioned after the pilot? I don't remember him ever being mentioned. And true that they couldn't have those cheesecake scenes. Ever since I started watching this show, I call my closest friends who I can tell everything to my "cheesecake friends". My sister liked it, so she uses it too. If they don't get it, I tell them to watch better TV.
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Like previous posters said, he was dropped for Sophia being added to the show full time.
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Coco was funnie in the first episode
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I agree with Scoobie, he was pretty funny.
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Was he even mentioned after the pilot? I don't remember him ever being mentioned.

Far as I am aware, no. Coco was never mentioned again after the pilot and no mention of the girls ever having a gay cook.
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I think it would be cool if maybe Coco was a recurring character.
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I really think with the four wonderful, amazing actresses already on the plate, another permanent character would have really been too distracting. Like everyone else has said, there was no need for a fifth Muskateer when you've already discovered gold with Bea, Betty, Rue and Estelle. Also, back in 1984, I don't know how ready the public was for an overtly gay character on a prime time sitcom. We don't think anything of it today of course, but it was a very different time back then, to say the least, and it could have affected the show's popularity, sad as it is to say.
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Also, back in 1984, I don't know how ready the public was for an overtly gay character on a prime time sitcom.

Since you mentioned that you got me thinking, was that the reason the character Phil was never seen on the show; Sophia's cross-dressing son?
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Was Coco supposed to be a live-in housekeeper? Since the girls often complained about money woes as part of the storyline, I find it hard to believe they could afford a full time, live-in housekeeper nor would they need one. None of the girls worked full-time anyway did they?
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