Carolyn Jones poked fun at ex-husband Aaron Spelling with a line about cousin Itt

The famous producer encouraged her to take the role of Morticia, even though they split right before The Addams Family premiered.

In “Cousin Itt visits the Addams Family,” the funny, furry relative makes his first appearance on the classic sitcom. Before he arrives, Itt sends a note: “Arriving Tuesday. -Itt.” Gomez marvels at Itt’s incredible “talent for letter writing.”  

The episode is a great introduction to one of the franchise’s most beloved characters. It also portrays Itt in a unique way compared to his other appearances and features a subtle dig at star Carolyn Jones’ ex-husband, mega-producer Aaron Spelling.

The plot of “Cousin Itt visits the Addams Family” revolves around finding Itt a job. He amuses the family with a magic show, pretending to cut off his hand with a tiny guillotine and joking about Marie Antoinette. Casual Addams Family fans might be surprised to learn cousin Itt could even perform such an act. His arms are rarely shown! But in Itt’s first appearance, actor Felix Silla’s arms and hands poke out of the furry costume.

After Itt’s amusing act, Morticia wonders if he should go into show business. Gomez laments that Itt is too short to be an actor. Morticia counters with the zinger, “Too short for an actor and too tall for a producer.”

To audiences, it is a funny line contrasting on-camera and behind-the-scenes talent. To anyone familiar with Carolyn Jones’ personal life at the time, namely the Addams Family cast and crew, it was likely a more specific insult. 

The same year Jones won millions of fans as Morticia, she divorced her husband of over a decade, Aaron Spelling. The two wed in 1953 as Jones was on her way to becoming a movie star and Spelling was still a struggling writer and bit-part actor.

By the early Sixties, Spelling began taking on more and more work as a writer and producer on shows like Zane Grey Theatre and Burke’s Law. In the ensuing decades he would become one of the most prolific producers in Hollywood, working on shows like Starsky and Hutch, Charlie’s Angels, Fantasy Island and The Love Boat. 

But Spelling’s busy hustle came at a price. He spent too much time at the office with Jones telling gossip writer Hedda Hopper in 1965, “he’s married to the job.” Jones swore off dating any other producers, writers or actors. Their divorce was amicable, however, and Spelling even helped connect Addams Family producers with his ex-wife. They were looking for a Carolyn Jones-type, so why not have the genuine article!

Spelling and Jones’ relationship may have ended on good terms, but that doesn’t mean Jones couldn’t slip in a friendly taunt at her ex, who stood a little under five and a half feet tall.

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L 3 months ago
I am convinced that bit in Charlie and the Chocolate Family (movie) where the Oompaa Loopa is covered with hair is a direct tribute to Cousin Itt/and the actor who protrayed him.

I'm short but not quite that short (I missed the upper limit of a dwarf by two inches).
kurtschewe 3 months ago
Good info.another great old show.
Etta 3 months ago
I did not know that they were ever married. I learn something new everyday.
CraigGustafson 3 months ago
"Carolyn Jones poked fun at ex-husband Aaron Spelling with a line about Cousin Itt."

You know that she didn't actually write the lines she said, right? Just checking.
amylovestv CraigGustafson 3 months ago
My thoughts exactly!
It's possible that she ad-libbed that line and the director decided to use that take (perhaps after Carolyn explained the gag). Conjecture, I know, but plausible.
Pacificsun 3 months ago
Here's another fun story Folks! Right from the archives of the MeTV Story Vault itself! Do you remember reading this one because it was pretty good! It's called: 9 Bonkers Fan Theories about Classic TV Shows!

Can you remember which shows / characters they're talking about?

Have fun! 😉

Link: https://www.metv.com/lists/9-bonkers-fan-theories-about-classic-tv-shows
Pacificsun 3 months ago
Since we all, meaning your loyal commenting audience, have no new stories this President's Day holiday, I'll put this link here just for fun!! It comes from DECADES TV (which is under Weigel's domain) and it's called: The 7 Most Unbelievable Shows of the 60's).

But Wait!

Before you peek at the Link at the very end, can you list all 7? Which was one was the most enjoyable? Which one was the worst? Let's see how many of us agree! 😉

Have fun!

https://www.decades.com/lists/the-7-most-unbelievable-shows-of-the-1960s

LoveMETV22 Pacificsun 3 months ago
That was very kind of you to post a link for the story/quiz weary on President's Day. As I am a fan of new and fresh as most of us are, if they're going to post recycled quiz or stories( from their archive), they could use the ones that have no comments ( there are a few). at least they'll look new LOL.
LoveMETV22 3 months ago
As mentioned in the opening of the story:
"the funny, furry relative makes his first appearance on the classic sitcom".
The episode " Cousin Itt visits the Addams Family" airs tonight 2/21.
Pacificsun LoveMETV22 3 months ago
Thank you! I love these reminders (6:00pm for us). So it would've been easy to miss, now I'll DVR it.

Cousin Itt was my favorite character! And I made a Halloween costume to honor him! I'm pretty sure it was the first homemade rendition, since the show only ran for 2 years!!
slim115W 3 months ago
I had forgotten that beautiful beautiful Carolyn was married to Spelling. The show is funny and I enjoy it.
Grizz 3 months ago
First time I saw her was in King Creole "Hot" then the Adams family even "Hotter."
MikefromJersey Grizz 3 months ago
I just saw her on a "Mr. and Mrs. North" rerun from the early 1950's, must have been
one of the first things she did. You wouldn't recognize her, if I hadn't seen the credits
it would have never occurred to me it was "Morticia".
Grizz MikefromJersey 3 months ago
I need to find that movie. Thanks
Pacificsun MikefromJersey 3 months ago
It's like the Addam's character "Morticia" was just waiting to be inhabited by Ms. Carolyn Jones! 😉
Kelly 3 months ago
I have always felt a closeness to Cousin Itt. Maybe I just feel his strength and ability to not let things get the best of him. Still trying to learn that lesson. I understood the lesson about being placed in the zoo. A home away from home 🏡.
JosephScarbrough 3 months ago
Felix Silla often ended up inside foam rubber costumes for Sid & Marty Krofft as well, given his short stature. He also made a few guest appearances on THE ODD COUPLE, including one episode where he was the author of an X-rated off-Broadway play that starred Marj Dusay, who pretended to be a librarian while she was dating Felix because she knew he wouldn't accept her being a nude actress.
Pacificsun 3 months ago
Good joke! Appreciate the story built around it.

Always enjoy the Addams Family. Please keep it running, MeTV!
MikefromJersey Pacificsun 3 months ago
"Always enjoy the Addams Family. Please keep it running, MeTV!"

I agree with you Pac man, it's a great show. Westfield, NJ hosts the annual
Addams Fest and it's a lot of fun. Charles Addams spent a lot of his time
there as a kid hanging out in the town cemetery.
Peter_Falk_Fan 3 months ago
I watched the clip about the Addams family. An Addams cousin quiz would be daunting to me. I like Cousin Cackle, played by Don Mcart (sometimes McArt). If he were alive, he would be 100 years old today.
vinman63 Peter_Falk_Fan 3 months ago
Cousin Cackle look like he was 100 when he was 50.
amylovestv 3 months ago
Carolyn showed up on a few "Fantasy Islands" as well! Glad they ended on good terms.
Pacificsun amylovestv 3 months ago
I watched LB endlessly in the day. Sorry I missed seeing CJ. She is beautiful in her own way. Kind of exotic.
justjeff 3 months ago
Will Aaron Spelling be here? .......Shortly!
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justjeff LoveMETV22 3 months ago
As one backside said to the other...."Quit while you're behind"...
LoveMETV22 justjeff 3 months ago
Well I can't say I'm slap happy about that....Or can I ?
justjeff LoveMETV22 3 months ago
Soitently!
vinman63 justjeff 3 months ago
I coming back Wednsday to see if the puns are done.
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