‘The Andy Griffith Show’: An Off-Air Feud Led 1 Star To Quit the Series

‘The Andy Griffith Show’: An Off-Air Feud Led 1 Star To Quit the Series

On October 3, 1960, The Andy Griffith Show debuted on CBS. The show was a spin-off from The Danny Thomas Show, but it soon eclipsed it in popularity. It would run for eight seasons, with 159 episodes filmed in black and white and the final 90 in color. It became an iconic picture of idyllic small-town life.

But even in the happy town of Mayberry, there was sometimes conflict behind the scenes. And for one actor, it led to him leaving the show for good.

A black-and-white photo of Don Knotts and Andy Griffith on 'The Andy Griffith Show'

Andy Griffith and Don Knotts were friends

The Andy Griffith Show featured Andy Griffith in the role of Andy Taylor, the sheriff of the fictional small town of Mayberry, North Carolina. Sheriff Taylor was a widower, raising his son Opie (played by Ron Howard) with the help of his aunt Bee Taylor (Frances Bavier).

His sidekick and deputy was the bumbling Barney Fife, who was played by Don Knotts.

When Knotts showed up for the first day of filming, he didn’t know if he would be in any of the following episodes. But the Executive Producer Sheldon Leonard recognized the chemistry between Knotts and Griffith.

By the end of the day, Leonard offered him a year-long contract. That was soon changed to a five-year contract, and Barney was officially a permanent part of the show.

Closer Weekly reports that the Knotts and Griffith had a lot in common, because they came from similar Southern backgrounds, and they came to be close friends. In addition, Griffith was a big fan of Knotts’s considerable comedic talents.

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