Why did Esther Rolle leave "Good Times"?


Esther Rolle left "Good Times" in 1977 due to her frustration over the character of J.J., played by Jimmie Walker. John Amos, who played J.J.'s father, had expressed his dissatisfaction over the character and was fired the year before.

In a 1975 interview in Ebony magazine, Esther Rolle described J.J.: "He's 18, and he doesn't work. He can't read and write. He doesn't think. The show didn't start out to be that. Michael's role of a bright, thinking child has been subtly reduced. Little by little – with the help of the artist, I suppose, because they couldn't do that to me – they have made [J.J.] more stupid and enlarged the role. Negative images have been slipped in on us through the character of the oldest child. I resent the imagery that says to black kids that you can make it by standing on the corner saying 'Dyn-o-mite!'"

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