Bob Newhart risks it all to keep the Emmys from running long

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Comedy great Bob Newhart made another memorable entry during the 58th Annual Emmys in 2006, where he found himself “trapped” in a glass case with only three hours of air. If the ceremony lasted too long, he would choke. The 92-year-old now says show host Conan O’Brien came up with the premise. “Conan has been a good friend for a long time and he called me with the idea. It was very funny. If the academy wanted [my death] in their heads, the show would run for over three hours,” says Newhart, whose hit series The Bob Newhart Show celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. “It feels like yesterday,” he says, looking back on the beloved sitcom. “The success is a tribute to the authors. We always said on set that if you don’t write well, you just have actors clashing. So if someone wants to steal my secret, that’s it. Get good lyrics and good people and you will laugh.” Bob Newhart risks it all to keep the Emmys from running long

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