So Carol Burnett said she got a bad reputation as a result of this situation Lucy had to deal with.
And so what if she were a Republican? But the main problem: Madelyn and Bob were just plain out of ideas after 35 years of writing for Lucy.
An entertainment "journalist" who expected people to kowtow to her.
So the writers wrote a lot of that into Fred Mertz, who developed based on the actual personality characteristics Bill Frawley had.