The creator of “Hee Haw” has died in Palm Springs.
Veteran television comedy writer John Aylesworth, a Canadian-born Palm Springs resident, died Wednesday night surrounded by his wife and children.
He was 80 years old.
His book, “The Corn Was Green: The Inside Story of Hee Haw,” was recently published.
“Hee Haw,” a countrified version of “Laugh-In,” with cornpone humor and country music, starring Buck Owens, Roy Clark and a bevy of scantily clad farmer’s daughters, aired on CBS from 1969-71, and was in syndication for another two decades.
Aylesworth also wrote comedy for major stars, including Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Perry Como and Andy Williams.
In 1965, Aylesworth co-wrote the TV special, “Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music.”
He won Emmy nominations for outstanding writer for “The Julie Andrews Show” in 1972 and “The Sonny and Cher Show” in 1976.
Funeral services are pending.