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Amos’ role on Good Times was actually cut short.
He was fired from the show after the third season ended because he had issues with the show’s producer, Norman Lear, and the writers of the show in regards to Jimmie Walker’s character JJ. His character James Evans died in a car accident in the first episode of the fourth season, and the series continued for three more seasons without him.
Norman Lear said Amos had become a disruption and Amos agrees, saying he wasn’t very diplomatic about the direction of the show. Amos disagreed about the writers emphasizing J.J.’s stereotypical buffoonishness including his catchphrases, funny walk and “pigeon hats”, fearing it was turning the program into a weekly minstrel show.
His character’s other son Michael wanted to be a Supreme Court Justice and his daughter Thelma wanted to be a surgeon. Amos could see the comedy that could be generated from that but the writers wanted to stay with the J.J. actions.
Despite that time in his career, Amos has gone on to star in countless TV shows and blockbuster movies including “Coming To America” with Eddie Murphy and “Die Hard 2” with Bruce Willis.
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