‘Family Affair’: Two Stars Had ‘Bad Blood’ for Nearly a Decade: Here’s Why

by Joe Rutland
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“Family Affair” has two remaining stars alive from the CBS show. They didn’t get along for a long time until reconciling a few years ago.

Kathy Garver, who is Cissy, and Johnny Whitaker, who is Jody, met in 2016 in an “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” show. The interaction takes place at Whitaker’s request, and he visited Garver’s home for the “Family Affair” segment.

Now Garver is in the middle of being interviewed for the “Oprah” show. Upon hearing a knock on her door, Garver opens it up and recognizes her costar.

‘Family Affair’ Costar Admits To Possible ‘Bad Blood’

“I’m here because I know that there might have been some bad blood between us,” Whitaker said to Garver according to an article from The Huffington Post. “[I] wanted to apologize if there was anything that I’ve done to cause you to have feelings.”

“If you had, at any time in all of the gigs that I set you up for, called me and said, ‘Thank you,’ that would have been very nice,” Garver said.

Obviously, Whitaker says he was truly apologetic and sorry for anything that’s happened between the “Family Affair” costars.

Garver accepts his apology. Whitaker was hopeful after this 2016 reconciliation that they could remain friends. At this time, both are still on friendly terms and moving forward with their lives.

The show ran on CBS from 1966 to 1971. Edmund Hartmann and Don Fedderson, who helped bring “My Three Sons” to TV, were its creators.

Keith, Cabot, Jones Costarred Yet Died After Show

“Family Affair” also stars Brian Keith as a bachelor raising his brother’s three orphaned children. Character actor Sebastian Cabot plays Mr. French, and Anissa Jones portrays Buffy.

Sadly, Keith, Cabot, and Jones died under different circumstances. Keith, who went on to play in ABC’s “Hardcastle & McCormick” in the 1980s, committed suicide on June 24, 1997. It was two months after his daughter Daisy killed herself. Keith was 75.

In addition, Cabot’s last work was as the narrator for 1977’s “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.” He died on Aug. 23, 1977, of a stroke in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Cabot was 59.

Jones, whose personal life was filled with family struggles, died of a drug overdose in Oceanside, Calif., on Aug. 28, 1976. Jones was 18.

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